Australian Government invests $150 million in transport infrastructure across ACT

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The Australian Government is investing $150m in infrastructure to support Canberra, including $50m to plan for Canberra Light Rail Stage 2B.

The Australian Government is injecting $50 million to plan for Stage 2B of the Canberra Light Rail. This work will design the extension of the current light rail line from Commonwealth Park to Woden, so that Canberra’s southern suburbs can experience the benefits of improved public transport currently enjoyed by those in the north.

The ACT will also benefit from $100 million of investment in a new national Active Transport Fund that will upgrade and deliver new bicycle and walking paths to support zero emissions travel, provide a safer environment for cyclists and pedestrians, and promote active and liveable communities. 

The draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is currently being developed by Major Projects Canberra for the construction of Light Rail Stage 2B. This is the important next step forward in progressing the project towards construction.

Canberrans are now being invited to have their say on the proposed light rail stops and associated infrastructure, landscaping and heritage matters which will inform the development of the draft EIS.

As the project commences, it will create jobs, build opportunity and unlock economic growth across Canberra’s south.

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Canberrans are already experiencing the benefits of being able to commute to work from the northern suburb of Gunghalin to the City Centre, with services operating every 5 minutes in peak hours, and the short travel time also encourages people to enjoy the amenities in the City.

“Light rail has been a transformative project for the ACT and soon Canberrans on the southside will be able to reap its benefits,” says Minister for Finance and Senator for the ACT Katy Gallagher.

There will be more to say at Budget time about further investments for the ACT and other programs of national importance.

“We welcome this significant investment from the Commonwealth and their support for the design and approvals for the southside extension of Canberra’s mass-transit light rail line,” says ACT Minister for Transport Chris Steel.

Canberra’s population is expected to increase from around 460,000 today, to more than 780,000 people by 2060. Both the Albanese Labor Government and the Barr Government are investing now to deliver an integrated public transport network fit for our growing city,” says ACT Minister for Transport Chris Steel.

I encourage people living along the future line and public transport users to get involved by having their say on the design of the transport corridor. This feedback will be used to inform the draft EIS and ongoing design of the project,”says ACT Minister for Transport Chris Steel.

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