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The Hobart Northern Suburbs Rail Action Group has urged the Government to get on with reopening the rail line, saying its by far the “safest bet” when it comes an effective transport option.
SUPPORTERS of a Hobart passenger train service have urged the State Government to get on with reopening the northern suburbs rail line, instead of wasting further time and taxpayers’ money to study alternatives.
The Government yesterday announced it was advertising for a transport consultant to undertake a study into the best solution for delivering an effective transport mode along the rail corridor, which connects Hobart to Brighton.
The study will consider infrastructure needs within the corridor, the ideal surface the particular vehicle type would travel on, station requirements, signalling considerations and integration with other transport options, including access beyond Macquarie Point.
While the Federal Government has committed $25 million to the activation program through the Hobart City Deal, more than $100 million is expected to be required to get the project off the ground.
The remaining rail line near the Regatta Grounds Picture: RICHARD JUPEHobart Northern Suburbs Rail Action Group president Michael Hangan yesterday said the study would delay “desperately needed passenger services” into the distant future.
“It’s a waste of money, the information is already there and they just keep delaying doing the actual work,” Mr Hangan said.
“It’s frustrating because this has been an ongoing discussion for more than a decade.
“Why would the Government waste public funds pulling up rail lines when using them is by far the ‘safest bet’ — faster, frequent and most efficient.
“The fixed development and infrastructure that only passenger rail provides, is what property developers seek in financing major rejuvenation of housing and new amenities.”
This article first appeared on www.themercury.com.au
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