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Action on light rail must start today

Media Release
Scott Ludlam 14 Jul 2011

 

The Greens have congratulated the State Government for its light rail announcement, but warned that the project must be brought forward and begun immediately.

 

"Working with local government, industry, planners and the broader community over the past four years I have seen the enthusiasm for light rail in Perth grow rapidly," said Australian Greens transport spokesperson Scott Ludlam.

 

"People see the abundant benefits of light rail and want it to be a significant component of Perth's future transport, and they wonder why these projects are going ahead in the eastern states but not here.

 

"While the Premier's announcement of 40km of light rail is good news, most of the investment is well over the horizon in two or three elections time.

 

"People need choice and public transport alternatives now, not in 2031. It is essential we get a proposal into Infrastructure Australia in this budget cycle.

 

"The cities of Fremantle, Cockburn, Melville and Stirling will be particularly disappointed that they have been denied light rail - I will continue working with them to ensure we get a city-wide integrated light rail network. The network not be limited to the north eastern corridor and inner city ring. Light rail should be used as a catalyst for infill development and revitalisation in key urban growth centres. This is how we bring affordability back into the inner city and take pressure off the urban fringe.

 

On a recent trip to Queensland, Senator Ludlam met with the proponents of the Gold Coast light rail project to find out how they successfully secured commonwealth funding for the project.

 

"It took the Gold Coast 10 years to get from planning to construction. We are seriously behind schedule and can't afford further delay."

 

Senator Ludlam's plan for light rail is available at www.scottludlam.org.au/perthlightrail

 

Senator Ludlam is available for comment, phone Rachel on 0408 988 977.

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