Government Spent Over One Million Dollars On Light Rail Reports

The ACT Government has spent over $1 million on light rail reports, yet very little has been released to the public, said ACT Shadow Minister for Transport, Alistair Coe.

The Government’s contract’s register shows the following reports:

Northbourne Avenue Bus Priority, Cycleway Facility and Dickson Bus Station – Feasibility Study (2011) $279,000
Northbourne Avenue Transport Corridor – Stream 2 – Economic Assessment and Business Cases (2012) $644,281
Northbourne Avenue Transport Corridor – Stream 1 – Technical Economic Assessment (2013) $236,982
Capital Metro Light Rail Integration Study (2013) $ 330,000
Total $ 1,490,263

“The Government has spent a lot of money buying reports but still no engineering studies, nor any explanation about how taxpayers can afford it,” Mr Coe said.

“For more than $1 million dollars spent on reports, I think Canberrans deserve a better explanation of the basis for the project.

“At the moment, the Government has only released a short Concept study, a few fact sheets and some artist’s impressions.

“The Government should publish all the information produced by these reports and tell taxpayers what they’re getting for their money,” Mr Coe concluded.