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Independent Member for Clark, Andrew Wilkie, has welcomed the University of Tasmania’s support for light rail linking Hobart with the northern suburbs.

“Not only will it provide an easy link for university students living in Hobart’s outer suburbs, but it will open up a much-needed transport option for thousands of other people commuting to and from the city to work or to shop,” he said.

“Let’s hope the academic interest helps drive the rail project forward after years of inaction. We have $25 million in the Hobart City Deal to activate the transit corridor, so let’s finally get this city-shaping project moving.

“The university expanding into the city poses challenges across many facets of the lives of Hobartians. These include traffic, parking, heritage, residential and city amenity, affordable housing and more. While all of these will need to be addressed, light rail will go some considerable way towards addressing traffic and parking issues.”