Local light rail network considered ‘unlikely’
COFFS Harbour City Council will receive and note a report on potential future light rail corridors at tomorrow night's meeting.
The report identifies light rail as a possibility to accommodate the projected 28% population increase (to 95,000) by 2031.
"A light rail system is a potential future alternative option in meeting the city's future travel demands, growth of employment and economy of the Coffs Coast region," the report states.
However, the report notes transport options and investment are dependent on the State Government.
"The existing bus network within the LGA is currently subsided by the NSW Government.
"It is unlikely that they would consider, at this point in time, subsiding a light rail system as well.
"It would be fair to assess that a light rail system within the Coffs Harbour LGA is not a current point of focus of the NSW State Government and is unlikely to become one in the foreseeable future."
The report identifies potential corridors should light rail be considered.
"The primary road network that incorporates parts of the Pacific Hwy, Harbour Dr and Orlando St are considered to be the logical and primary transport corridors that may be required to service the future growth of inner Coffs Harbour.
"In addition, Hogbin Dr - serving the airport, the university and the International Stadium - could also be nominated as a primary corridor within this analysis."
A light rail loop from the Coffs Harbour CBD along Harbour Dr to the Jetty, along Orlando St and back to the CBD via the Pacific Hwy would be a total rail length of 7.1km.
According to the report, an indicative cost to establish this loop, based on the Sydney Light Rail project, would be about $223.65million.
The estimate does not include the adjustment of existing structures, property acquisition or relocation of existing public utilities.
The report concludes any decision to proceed beyond the current status of the issue lies only with the State Government.