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THE main drivers of the push to introduce a light trail system for Hobart commuters have delivered their rating of the major parties’ transport policies ahead of the March 3 poll.
The Hobart Northern Suburbs Rail Action Group has released its election scorecard, listing Labor and the Greens as slightly ahead of the Liberals.
The Rail Action Group has marked the parties on five criteria relating to rail in Hobart, with Labor and the Greens marked as having met two each and the Liberals only meeting one to date.
HHobart’s Northern Suburbs Rail Action Group has released its 2018 election scorecard.President Ben Johnston said it was time for real action on rail in Hobart.
“It’s been a familiar cycle since 2010, where all parties jump on board during the election campaign, then lose momentum once in Government,” Mr Johnston said.
“However, with a transport and housing crisis it is more important than ever to get Hobart rail moving.”
Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding has said he is aiming to have light rail services operational within five years, after it formed a key plank of a potential Hobart City Deal.
However, Mr Johnston would like to see more details from the Liberals.
“Money talks and we can find no dollar commitment to progress Hobart rail in the City Deal announcement,” he said.
The scorecard is a dynamic document, and the Rail Action Group will change it with any relevant announcements ahead of the election.
This article first appeared on www.themercury.com.au
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