The ARA congratulates the ACT Government on its Budget announcement today that $12.5 million has been allocated to commence the next stage of Light Rail Stage Two from the City to Woden.

“This is fantastic news for Canberrans – With more than 500,000 Canberrans projected to live or work in the ACT over the next 20 years, Stage 2 of Canberra Light Rail is a vital link in Canberra’s future public transport network,” said Danny Broad, CEO, ARA.

“This announcement will cater for Canberra’s growing population and provide consumers with a light rail transport solution that will reduce congestion and provide connections to all modes of transportation, including greater options for cycling and walking.

“Stage two of Canberra’s light rail is much more than a link between Woden and the City, it will connect Gungahlin to Woden, shrinking the distance between North and South Canberra, linking Canberra hotels with Commonwealth office blocks, providing mass transit solutions to the Parliamentary Triangle and help establish an integrated multi-modal public transport network for Australia’s Capital City.

“The rail industry congratulates the ACT Government for allocating $10 million towards the next stage of planning, design and enabling works for Light Rail Stage Two and $2.5 million for works and planning to support the delivery of Light Rail Stage Two,” concluded Danny Broad.