09 October 2015
The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will join the Hobart Northern Suburbs Railway action group, and the Mayors of Hobart and Glenorchy, at a public lecture tonight to once again call for the restoration of passenger rail in the greater Hobart area.
“A northern suburbs light rail between Hobart and Bridgewater would be a cost-effective, efficient and environmentally friendly way to address Hobart’s transport problems,” Mr Wilkie said.
“It would ease the pressure on the road network and make getting to work, school and health services easier and cheaper for thousands of Tasmanians.
“But despite all of the merits of this proposal, we’ve seen nothing from a succession of State Governments except talk and hollow rhetoric. And the current Liberal State Government appears to have abandoned the idea altogether.
“I once again call on the State Government to listen to experts like Professor Newman as well as the community and submit a funding proposal to Canberra.
“This is now more important than ever seeing as new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has expressed a strong personal interest in rail and making cities more liveable.”
A northern suburbs light rail would feature modern electric vehicles on the existing rail corridor between Hobart and Bridgewater. Travel time between Hobart and Bridgewater would be less than 30 minutes by express service.