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Canberra’s light rail future begins

Canberra, Australia’s government has begun consultation on a “clear, strategic and long term” vision for future phases of the region’s light rail network.

Canberra, Australia’s government has begun consultation on a “clear, strategic and long term” vision for future phases of the region’s light rail network, with construction of its first light rail line due to begin next year.

The first stage will run from the city centre (Alinga Street) to Gungahlin, traversing 12km (7.5 miles). Seven corridors are proposed to extend this line, and the consultation is intended to determine whether expansion should focus on serving commuters across the wider Canberra area, or intensify public transport close to major businesses, government and tourist hot spots.

The ACT government has also announced the establishment of Transport Canberra to oversee the bus and future light rail networks.

The city of Canberra is set to increase from 300 000 to 500 000 in the coming decades, and so Danny Broad, Chief Executive of the Australasian Railway Association, has welcomed the news and commented, “Continuing to plan ahead and invest in Canberra’s transport infrastructure is crucial in order to effectively serve the needs of Canberra and its growing population.”