Greens announce $400 million to expand light rail in Canberra

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The Australian Greens have today announced a $400 million federal contribution to the next stage of light rail in Canberra.

“The Greens see Canberra’s future as a vibrant, tree-lined boulevard of activity that welcomes visitors to our city and shows them that Canberra is a fantastic place to live,” said ACT Greens senate candidate Christina Hobbs.

“Our announcement would extend light rail from the City to the south of Canberra - towards Tuggeranong - and will add to the benefits of the Gungahlin to City light rail line.

“The Liberals would throw this funding away, tear up the contracts and turn away all national investment in light rail. That would cost Canberra hundreds of millions of dollars and put them at odds every major business group in Canberra. It’s also at odds with Prime Minister Turnbull’s moves to invest in infrastructure projects like these.

“The federal Liberal government is already investing in Canberra’s light rail and now the Greens are pledging go further. It’s absurd that Senator Seselja would reject federal funding to take light rail towards Tuggeranong.”

ACT Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury welcomed the announcement.

“Expanding light rail will mark the next stage for Canberra as a progressive, sustainable, 21st century city. That is the Greens’ vision for Canberra and the key reason that light rail was included as an agreement item when forming Government in 2012.

“Without better transport options, we’re on track for 124,000 more cars on our roads by 2040 – enough to fill a parking lot the size of the entire Parliamentary Triangle.

“We are a growing city that needs and deserves better public transport options. And we can get that with an integrated light rail network across the city.

“Over one hundred years ago Walter Burley Griffin laid the foundations for light rail with his ambitious and progressive vision for our city.

“This is an exciting announcement for Canberra’s future and I look forward to having conversations with the Canberra community about where we go next with Canberra’s light rail network,” said Mr Rattenbury.

Media Contact: Maiy Azize – ​​0421 281 400 or maiy.azize@act.greens.org.au