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Bunda St shareway in the running for a national award

SHANE Rattenbury informs us the Bunda Street Shareway project is a finalist in the 2015 Planning Institute of Australia National Awards for Planning Excellence. “GTA Consultants and McGregor Coxall as well as Roads ACT in the ACT Government were recognised for the project’s innovative design in December 2014 when they were announced an ACT finalist,” […]

ACTION gasping for more social media followers

SHANE Rattenbury says ACTION is running a ‘Keep in Touch’ campaign, encouraging passengers to sign up to email alert services or to follow ACTION on social media to keep abreast of latest service changes and information. “ACTION has a variety of ways in which they communicate with passengers about service changes or improvements. This includes […]

From his back pocket Simon produces a review supporting the light rail business case

IN the wake of yesterday’s scathing assessment of Capital Metro in the Financial Review Simon Corbell has today released a review of the business case, which he’s been sitting on since October 2014. “Prior to the public release of the business case, Capital Metro Agency engaged academic reviewer, Professor Derek Scrafton from University of South […]

Fighting breaks out over light rail cancellation costs

SIMON Corbell says the Canberra Liberals’ threats to cancel the Capital Metro project if elected will cost ACT taxpayers potentially hundreds of millions of dollars and put at risk thousands of jobs. “The Canberra Liberals’ threats will see costs of potentially hundreds of millions of dollars for no return,” Simon said. “Alistair Coe is promising […]

Economists line up in the Financial Review to throw rocks at Canberra’s light rail

CANBERRA’S Capital Metro plans are gaining national attention with the Australian Financial Review recruiting a conga line of economists and public policy experts (click the top link) to cast doubt on the merits of the project. ANU Crawford School of Public Policy adjunct associate professor Leo Dobes said there was a “disturbing lack of facts […]

Liberals threaten to tear up light rail contracts if elected

ALISTAIR Coe says the Victorian Labor Government has set an important precedent for cancelling any contract signed by ACT Labor regarding light rail. “Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews today announced that the signed contracts with the successful East West Link Consortium would be cancelled with a 3 percent penalty of the total contract price,” Alisair said. […]

Road safety projects in Kaleen

MICK Gentleman says a new pedestrian crossing, roundabout modifications and pedestrian refuge islands are safety improvements residents of Kaleen will see implemented along Maribyrnong Avenue and surrounding streets in coming weeks as part of the Residential Street Improvement Program. “Following initial priority one traffic improvements implemented in Kaleen in February 2015, including the extension of […]

You have to work on the Monday after Anzac Day but it’s a special bus driver’s holiday

SHANE Rattenbury is warning that ACTION will be providing modified bus services on Monday 27 April 2015 as a result of a service holiday. To help offset any disruption, the services will be free all day. “This year ANZAC Day (25 April) falls on a Saturday and therefore, according to the ACT Government’s enterprise agreement, […]

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Manuka business petitions for a lunchtime Barton shuttle bus

STEVE Doszpot has received a petition from the Manuka Business Association calling for a shuttle bus from the parliamentary zone to Manuka and Kingston during busy from 12 noon to 2:30pm Monday to Friday. The petition received nearly 1800 signatures. “The ACT government seems to be more focused on light rail than delivering the public […]

Toot Toot! Capital Metro consortia unveiled

SIMON Corbell says two world-leading consortia have been shortlisted to deliver the first-stage of Canberra’s light rail network. The two consortia, ACTivate and Canberra Metro, contain some of the world’s biggest and most respected companies when it comes to delivering major infrastructure projects and operating successful public transport networks. The successful consortia will now progress […]