MAJORITY AGAINST LIGHT RAIL DESPITE $50 MILLION IN SPENDING

Today a poll released by The Canberra Times continues to show that the majority of Canberrans still do not support the ACT government’s current plan to build light rail from Gungahlin to the City, Shadow Minister for Transport Alistair Coe said today.

 “The poll shows 52 percent of Canberrans do not support the ACT government’s plan for light rail from Gungahlin to the City, with 44 percent of Canberrans supporting light rail from Gungahlin to the City,” Mr Coe said.

“This is despite the ACT government spending $50 million to progress light rail, including a large amount of taxpayers’ money to promote light rail over the last year.

“It is also worrying that even if it is built, just 6 percent of respondents said that they will use light rail every day. This again shows that, at a cost of $783 million, light rail will do little to improve public transport patronage in Canberra.

“The poll also shows that the majority of Canberrans would rather see investment in buses over light rail, with 52 percent of Canberrans believing that taxpayers’ money would be better spent on improving the bus network. This is compared to the 41 percent who support building light rail over investing in the bus network.

“The Canberra Liberals believe that investment in our bus network is the best way to improve public transport in Canberra. Buses provide a sensible low-cost option which will improve public transport services for all Canberrans.

“Investing in the bus network instead of light rail will also free up money to spend in other critical areas such as health and education.

“Overall, the results show that light rail is a divisive issue in Canberra. It is more confirmation that the ACT government should delay signing the contracts to build light rail until all Canberrans can have their say on the project at the October 2016 Election,” Mr Coe concluded.