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More than three-quarters of Gungahlin businesses along the light rail route have reported a decrease in revenue and foot traffic due to construction of the transport project.
A report tabled in the Legislative Assembly this week into the impact work on the light rail had on nearby businesses found 78 per cent reported a drop in footfall between January and July.
Gungahlin businesses say they've been affected by the light rail construction.
Photo: Karleen MinneyIn the same time period, 73 per cent reported a drop in revenue.
The report found 69 per cent of businesses reported decreased foot traffic between April and December 2017.
Thirty-one businesses along the light rail route in the Gungahlin town centre responded to the survey.
Despite the figures, many businesses said they were optimistic about a boost in customers once the transport project opened to passengers.
"The finished construction activities and opening of the light rail is expected to provide a positive outcome for existing businesses during operation," the report said.
Business owners affected by the light rail with MLA James Milligan (right).
Photo: Elesa Kurtz"While respondents to the survey indicated very minimal opposition to the project themselves, most respondents had hoped for shorter construction times."
Noise, dust and traffic were listed as major concerns from businesses along the route, with some stating they would have closed during construction if they had been given the option.
Businesses directly fronting onto affected streets perceived the largest reduction in customers.
This article first appeared on www.canberratimes.com.au
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