Strategic Infrastructure Corridors Bill

The Hobart Northern Suburbs Rail Action Group is calling on Minister Hidding to explain how the Strategic Infrastructure Corridors Bill will affect/protect a future Light Rail service between Hobart and Bridgewater.

The Rail Action Group, which is campaigning for a Light Rail service from Hobart to Bridgewater, was not consulted during the development of the Bill, indeed the groups requests to meet with the Infrastructure Minister have been denied on numerous occasions.

The Group’s President Ben Johnston says “in its current form the Bill encourages non-rail use of railways presently classified as ‘non-operational.”

Mr Johnston says “the Bill makes no mention of the strategic importance of Hobart’s Northern Suburbs line as a future rail line for freight, passengers or tourists and doesn’t require a Minister to consult key stakeholders prior to any changes.”

Mr Johnston says the proposed changes seem to fly in the face of the Infrastructure Ministers media statement earlier this year that ‘The Hodgman Liberal Government will preserve the rail corridor from Hobart to Granton so that its potential for light rail passenger transport can be considered in the long term’.

The Hobart Northern Suburbs Rail Action Group urges Legislative Councillors to closely consider the Bill in light of the future strategic importance of the rail link between Hobart and its northern suburbs.

Ben Johnston