Light rail takes more significant steps in October

As of 1 January 2018, the management of the City Centre Marketing and Improvements Levy transferred from In The City Canberra to the City Renewal Authority. Views expressed in these articles may not reflect the views of the Authority.

The new Light Rail carriages will be delivered to the ACT from Spain.

The month of October has seen the first stage of Canberra’s light rail take some significant steps with the first trams expected to arrive from Spain over the coming months and the first tracks being laid near Gungahlin.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has been busy inspecting the first instalments of Canberra’s new form of transport and planning stage two of the city wide project.

Barr was given a tour of the fancy new red carriages and says his focus is on making sure the fast-growing nature of the ACT can be catered for.

“Canberra is now home to over 409,000 people and we will reach 425,000 by the next election in 2020. Now is the time to shape our city as we grow, so we remain one of the most livable cities in the world.”

Investment in infrastructure that maintains ease of accessibility to maintain what we love about Canberra is essential, as many more will want to enjoy our lifestyle.

The completion of the first stage of light rail in 2018 will be a pivotal moment for the Canberra CBD and hopefully, it sees more people coming into our City Centre and furthering the role of our CBD.

It is timely that the new City Renewal Authority strengthens a quality and welcoming experience within walking distance of the Alinga Street station. Also important, is that rail is but one part of the network of getting around. Let’s work together, be patient, supportive and proud.

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