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“Looking good” for light rail

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Predictions today that Wellington is closer to getting light rail.

Quoted in the DomPost, Mayor Justin Lester says:

The chances of Wellington getting a billion-dollar light rail system are looking good… There is a strong likelihood of the long-talked-about project happening, after the Government’s latest transport policy announcement prioritised rapid rail above state highway upgrades.

Councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman, who holds the transport portfolio, told the DomPost:

We envisage a single spine route from the railway station to the airport to Miramar, and this would run via Newtown, though a single tunnel under Mt Albert, opposite the zoo. The proposed route would generate all-day patronage and could be rolled out within nine years. My prediction is that light rail has a very high chance at succeeding.

The DomPost quotes Transport Minister Phil Twyford as saying the New Zealand Transport Agency is consulting on transport options for Wellington including light rail, as part of the Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM) project.

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