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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 7 Hansard (6 August) . .

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Transport—light rail

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Capital Metro. Minister, you have previously speculated that the cost of relocating the pipes and wires that run along the light rail route may or may not be factored into the overall cost of capital metro. What is the estimated cost of relocating the pipes and wires along the proposed light rail route?

MR CORBELL: A final figure is yet to be determined in relation to that matter—the matter that Mr Doszpot asked about. That is why the Capital Metro Agency is undertaking right now detailed investigations along the corridor. We are employing local Canberra-based firms to do that work. A series of investigations are occurring in multiple sites along the Northbourne Avenue and Flemington Road corridor to confirm the presence or otherwise of infrastructure in the ground. That includes confirming that infrastructure is where it is marked on plans, where perhaps it is not marked on plans but nevertheless exists, and to ascertain also its condition. Those are important investigations which will help inform the Capital Metro Agency's assessment of these issues.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, can you now confirm whether this cost will be included in the $614 million stated cost of capital metro?

MR CORBELL: As the Chief Minister has previously indicated in her earlier answer, the $614 million figure was a figure based on 2012 dollars. The government is looking at—

Mr Coe: It said 2010 in the paper.

MR CORBELL: I beg your pardon; 2011 dollars, I should have said: 2011 dollars. The government is currently finalising its revised business case, which takes account of a range of inputs, including these issues that Mr Doszpot raises.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, when will the relocation of these pipes and wires be complete?

MR CORBELL: That is dependent on the final delivery model that is chosen by the government for the delivery of this project. It is simply pre-emptive to speculate on those matters at this time.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, where will these relocated pipes and wires go, and will all the trees on Northbourne need to be removed prior to the removal of these utilities?


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