Northern Territory

NT Chief Minister inspects Darwin's future light rail corridors

NORTHERN Territory Chief Minister Paul Henderson last week inspected Darwin's future light rail corridors as part of the Territory Government's plan to cater for future growth.

Mr Henderson said light rail is a long term public transport option highlighted in the Greater Darwin Plan that was released at the start of this month.

With Darwin's population expected to grow by 70,000 people over the next 15 years, the Chief Minister said planning is underway to accommodate this extra population growth with a world-class public transport network.

"As well as providing new housing at Palmerston east and the future city of Weddell, we're planning for future construction at rapid transit corridors along key routes when required," Mr Henderson said. 

"It is a key part of our Territory 2030 goal to reduce private motor vehicle reliance and increase the use of public and active transport to improve the sustainability of the Darwin region."

However, investment in light rail will not begin until Darwin's population reaches a point that makes it commercially viable and in the meantime, the government said it will continue to invest in bus services.

Projected increases in public transport patronage in the Greater Darwin Region indicate the number of passengers required to support rapid transit will be viable in the long term.

Population forecasts show a light rail service will become viable when greater Darwin's population reaches more than 255,000 people.

The government has identified two corridors – located adjacent to the Stuart Highway and Tiger Brennan Drive – for light rail construction when required.

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