PERTH ABANDONS ITS LIGHT RAIL PROJECT

The Western Australian Government has abandoned plans for its MAX light rail project in Perth, casting further doubt over light rail in Canberra, Shadow Minister for Transport Alistair Coe said today.

“Perth has had similar debate to Canberra regarding light rail. Both cities have comprehensively studied light rail and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) options, with BRT proven to be half the cost,” Mr Coe said.

“In its place, it appears the Western Australian Government will invest in BRT.

“We know BRT is the most cost-effective way to improve public transport. A 2012 study, completed by the ACT Government, found the cost of BRT in Canberra is less than half the cost of light rail, whilst delivering similar benefits.

“Canberra is a city suited for bus infrastructure. We have a low and spread out population which doesn’t support slow modes of transport such as light rail.

“The Canberra Liberals have a plan to stop light rail and to improve the ACTION bus network by investing in eight rapid routes to improve public transport for all Canberrans,” Mr Coe concluded