TASMANIAN Sustainable Transport Minister Nick McKim this month announced that the proposed Riverline light rail system has reached another important milestone, with consultants hired to help plan and deliver the major project.
Mr McKim said Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) has been appointed for $135,000 and will help the government prepare a submission "that the Federal Government simply can't refuse." He added that PwC is ideally suited for the project, with the company having previously advised on major light rail projects in Sydney, Parramatta and on the Gold Coast.
According to the government, PwC will focus on preparing a submission to the Australian Government that identifies the transport challenge and the range of solutions. The work will also include examining funding and financing options, identifying issues and risks and further developing the project plan.
"Riverline will be transformational for greater Hobart – which is already building a reputation as an exceptional city to live in," Mr McKim said.
"It would create construction and maintenance jobs, and help reinvigorate whole suburbs between Hobart, Glenorchy and MONA.
The first stage of the Riverline project will involve a Hobart to MONA return route and is expected to require a minimum of five light rail vehicles, with each vehicle capable of carrying up to 300 passengers at a time.
While still subject to change as planning progresses, the first stage will likely include stops at Franklin Square, Moonah, Glenorchy and MONA, with the potential for stops at the Botanical Gardens and New Town. Feeder buses will also be used to make the initial service more accessible.