Hobart light rail on the cards!
Written by Josh Agnew on October 7, 2019
Resident’s of Hobart’s northern suburbs are calling on the state governement and local councils to consider opening up Hobart’s unused rail corridors to allow for a light rail service to operate across the city!
An official report is set to be complied for mid-next year, with a light rail system connecting Hobart and Brighton a possible outcome.
Infrastructure Minister Michael Ferguson said “The study will take into consideration the infrastructure needs within the corridor, the ideal surface the particular vehicle type would travel upon, station requirements, signalling considerations and integration with other transport options including access beyond Macquarie Point,”
“While the Morrison Liberal Government has committed $25 million to the activation program through the Hobart City Deal, we know more funding will be required. That is why this scoping study is so important.”
President of the Hobart Northern Suburbs Rail Action Group Michael Hangan says the study would only delay “desperately needed passenger services”, and another report is not necessary.
“We need to get on with reopening the northern suburbs rail-line instead of wasting further time and tax-payer’s money to study alternatives,” he said.
“A decade ago, consultants Pitt & Sherry produced a study for the DIER (now State Growth), costing the conversion from rail to a busway at $115 million. This was around three times the cost of renewing rail services.”
Cassy O’Connor, the Tasmanian Greens leader said “It’s essential infrastructure for our growing city,”
“Hobart light rail could be built for much less than the new Bridgewater Bridge and deliver substantially greater public benefit.”