About the Project
With the population in the City of Stirling growing rapidly, governments at all levels are looking at innovative transport solutions that reduce the number of cars on our roads.
Trackless Tram between Glendalough Station and Scarborough Beach is the City of Stirling's big, bold vision to deliver a rapid transit rail system, and will bust congestion and unlock development opportunities, benefitting both businesses, residents and tourists.
The $100 million Scarborough Foreshore Development and expansion of business opportunities along the coast needs to be matched with a higher level of public transport amenity. Parking availability has become the number one issue of concern for residents and visitors alike, and a recent survey conducted by the City of Stirling identified that 58.42% of respondents would be eager to use a light rail or hybrid tram option instead of driving.
Trackless Tram is a hybrid solution that looks like a train and operates like a bus. It has rubber wheels meaning less interruption during construction, and is battery-operated, charging in under 10 minutes, meaning it is emissions-free. Starting at Glendalough Train Station means the route connects with the existing heavy rail in and out of the City.
The City of Stirling is the only local government in Perth that is shovel-ready, with all the comprehensive planning approvals in place and 15% design and all transport modeling completed. What's more, a majority of the $95 million required for the trial is for road widening works to expand Scarborough Beach Road; an already very congested artery.
All planning approvals and zoning for a future light rail option have already been put in place, and these preparations are the same as those required for a hybrid transport solution such as Trackless Trams. The benefit of this over traditional light rail is that is a much lower cost and is less disruptive; light rail could cost more than $700 million for the same route.
Business Case Funding
The next stage of this project is to seek business case funding for this Australian-first urban transport solution.
Vince Connelly is seeking your support for this, as it will establish;
- the economics of trackless tram as an alternative to light rail in the Australian context,
- the planning requirements and timelines for zoning and construction (for other regions),
- the relevance of the technology to potential future City Deal's (funding agreements between State and Commonwealth Governments), and
- the necessary business and corridor growth numbers and other indicators that would establish the trial as successful.
Pending a successful business case, Vince intends to lobby for a Commonwealth contribution to the Trial of Trackless Tram.
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