Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

City Rail Network Back on Agenda

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

City Rail Network Back on Agenda

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Byline: Andrew Backhouse thechronicle.com.au

A COUNCIL report has raised the possibility of a light rail system through the city.

The Toowoomba Regional Sustainable Transport Strategy states that a rapid transit network could link activity centres and bypass traffic congestion.

It could include tracks from Highfields to Clifton, Oakey, Pittsworth and east of Toowoomba.

Cr Geoff McDonald championed the idea, saying the construction of the inland rail project provided a great opportunity.

A meeting will be held in the beginning of next year to examine the proposal.

"We need to investigate it and secure rail corridors," Cr McDonald said.

He said it was a viable solution to deal with the predicted rise in Toowoomba's population.

"The current population projection modelling suggests that someone born today will, by the time they are 65, be living with 800,000 other people in our Toowoomba urban footprint.

"We need to be open to light rail as a genuine rapid transit system in conjunction with public buses, park and ride, walk and ride or in fact cycle and ride options. …

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