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Review of Light Rail Business Case

What is the review

In order to ensure that stakeholders and community have confidence in the Light Rail Business Case (Business Case) a peer review has been conducted by AECOM, an international consultancy firm.  The review was undertaken by staff based in the company's Brisbane office.

What does it say?

AECOM's primary finding was that the Business Case prepared by ACIL-Tasman "was in essence a fair and sound appraisal of the economic benefits and costs".  It also found the Business Case generally adhered to the requirements of an Infrastructure Australia submission.

The review highlighted that a service between Hobart and Glenorchy would result in the highest possible benefit-cost ratio for a light rail service.

What happens next?

Work has commenced to further develop the Business Case with the aim to improve outcomes by:

  • undertaking analysis of services terminating at Glenorchy, rather than Claremont.
  • use of most appropriate economic parameters, based on advise from the review and further consultation with stakeholders;
  • determination of the optimal frequency and operating span of hours for both rail and associated bus services; and
  • testing a range of scenarios varying the number of stations on the line between Hobart and Glenorchy.

At this stage, the intention is that this Business Case would provide the basis for a submission to the Commonwealth's Nation Building Two program in 2013.

More Information:

Review of Light Rail Business Case - Report, (PDF)

Request for Quotation - Review of Light Rail Business Case (PDF)