The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Legislative Assembly approved the funding for ACT’s light rail line between Gungahlin and the city’s centre. The value of the funds is $24m for this financial year.
Spending on the ACT’s light rail project has passed by one vote in the Legislative Assembly, despite protest votes by Canberra Liberals. The funding for the Capital Metro project was one of the most politically contentious aspects of the recent ACT budget. The opposition rejected the funding, describing the light rail project as “ill-conceived”.
“We don’t support light rail because it will cost a billion dollars to build, but will carry just 1 per cent of Canberra’s population during peak hour,” opposition spokesman for transport Alistair Coe said.