Formal Approval Process Launched For Canberra Light Rail Stage 2

Formal Approval Process Launched For Canberra Light Rail Stage 2

Australian Capital Territory Minister for Transport Chris Steel

Getting On With Light Rail Stage 2

Victor P Taffa

Next stage of Canberra’s light rail network linking the city to Woden is a step closer today with the Australian Capital Territory Government launching the formal approval process for the project.

During the 2016 election, Australian Capital Territory Labor made a commitment to do the work on extending light rail to Woden. As our city grows, the Government is building a better public transport network to keep Canberra moving.

Australian Capital Territory Government will lodge plans for referral under the Commonwealth’s Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act) which will seek to progress the planning approvals for light rail to Woden with two referrals from the City to Commonwealth Park, and from Commonwealth Park on to Woden.

Minister for Transport Chris Steel said that progressing separate referrals through the EPBC process is appropriate given the very different planning, heritage and environmental considerations in different parts of the corridor.

“We hope through this approvals process, we can get on with the first segment between the City and Commonwealth Park more quickly while we continue to work with the Commonwealth on the approval for remaining part of the route to Woden.” Minister Steel said.

“With the completion of light rail stage one, we have the skills and expertise in the city that can transition to work on the next stage.”

“We are aiming to ensure that complexities in the Commonwealth Park to Woden alignment can be worked through properly with the Commonwealth without holding up work on the extension of light rail between the City and Commonwealth Park.” Minister Steel said.

“Route passing through the Parliamentary Zone via State Circle East is included for assessment in a separate Commonwealth Park to Woden EPBC submission. It contains more complex considerations, such as the approach to Commonwealth Avenue Bridge and crossing the lake towards Parliament House. It is likely these matters will take longer to resolve with the Commonwealth.”

“Light rail can help reduce congestion in our iconic national areas while bringing more people in to experience our national heritage and collections. It will also provide better access to public transport for the growing City West and ANU precincts, which are an important part of the city’s overall growth.” Minister Steel said.

“Rigorous EPBC process, which applies throughout Australia for major infrastructure projects, will give the Canberra community clarity on the heritage and environmental considerations that need to be sensitively managed as part of taking light rail through the Parliamentary area.”

ACT Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel

Canberra’s Floriade brings many thousands of visitors to the Nations Capital each year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light Rail To Canberra Railway Station

Recently editor Victor P Taffa sent written correspondence to the Australian Capital Territory Government and the New South Wales Government with respect of Light Rail Extension to Canberra Railway Station when Capital City-Capital City High Speed Rail at 500 Km/h arrives at Canberra Railway Station.

Capital City-Capital City High Speed Rail at 500 Km/h is also known as Japan’s Bullet Train.

Canberra Light Rail Stage 2 planning is underway. Connecting Light Rail to Canberra Railway Station is a natural extension for a system that has already been well patronised by commuters in Canberra.

Canberra Railway Station is a part of the New South Wales Railways. Currently the Railway Line to Canberra is a Branch terminating line. With HSR there will be a new section of track that joins Canberra to the Southern Line corridor.

Japans World Famous Bullet Train

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sydney-Canberra HSR

HSR services from Sydney will not only terminate at Canberra but also continue to Melbourne.

Melbourne-Canberra HSR

HSR services from Melbourne will not only terminate at Canberra but also continue to Sydney.

 

Canberra Railway Station will also have a second platform and other upgraded facilities when High Speed Rail arrives.

Federal, State and Territory Governments will all work together to deliver HSR.

Editor Victor P Taffa received a positive response from the Australian Capital Territory Government for Light Rail to Canberra Railway Station.

Abbreviations:

ANU               Australian National University

HSR                High Speed Rail

Caption:

Canberra Light Rail Vehicle