The Federal Government is making a number of investments in Canberra to support a more liveable and connected city. 

The government is injecting $50 million to plan for Stage 2B of the Canberra Light Rail. This work will design the extension of the current light rail line from Commonwealth Park to Woden, so that Canberra’s southern suburbs can experience the benefits of improved public transport currently enjoyed by those in the north.

The ACT will also benefit from $100 million of investment in a new national Active Transport Fund that will upgrade and deliver new bicycle and walking paths to support zero emissions travel, provide a safer environment for cyclists and pedestrians, and promote active and liveable communities. 

The Federal Government has said that it is working closely with the ACT Government to support growth and opportunity for all Canberrans, and that the ACT community will benefit from strong, secure jobs from this pipeline of investment.

The draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is currently being developed by Major Projects Canberra for the construction of Light Rail Stage 2B. This is the important next step forward in progressing the project towards construction.

Canberrans are now being invited to have their say on the proposed light rail stops and associated infrastructure, landscaping and heritage matters which will inform the development of the draft EIS.

As the project commences, it is expected to create jobs, build opportunity and unlock economic growth across Canberra’s south.

Canberrans are already experiencing the benefits of being able to commute to work from the northern suburb of Gunghalin to the city centre, with services operating every five minutes in peak hours, and the short travel time also encourages people to enjoy the amenities in the city.

Federal Minister for Finance and Senator for the ACT, Katy Gallagher, said that she is proud to be part of a government that is investing in transport to meet the needs of this growing city.

“Light rail has been a transformative project for the ACT and soon Canberrans on the southside will be able to reap its benefits,” Ms Gallagher said. 

“The Federal Government is working hand in hand with the ACT Government to deliver infrastructure for Canberra.”

Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Catherine King, said that the Federal Government is working for all Australians, making investments that will drive productivity, boost economic growth, create job opportunities and help to tackle cost of living pressures.

“We’re delivering the infrastructure that improves safety while better connecting people with opportunities and their families,” Ms King said. 

“We want to ensure that Australia is well placed to compete in the new, net zero economy, to revitalise regions and support communities in cities, suburbs and regions.”

ACT Minister for Transport, Chris Steel, said that the ACT Government welcomes this significant investment and support for the design and approvals for the southside extension of Canberra’s mass-transit light rail line.

“Canberra’s population is expected to increase from around 460,000 today, to more than 780,000 people by 2060,” Mr Steel said. 

“Both the Federal Government and the ACT Government are investing now to deliver an integrated public transport network fit for our growing city.

“I encourage people living along the future line and public transport users to get involved by having their say on the design of the transport corridor. This feedback will be used to inform the draft EIS and ongoing design of the project.” 

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