Strong Federal interest in Stirling trackless trams

Trackless tram.
Trackless tram.

LOCAL Federal politicians are making the case in Canberra for trackless trams along Scarborough Beach Road.

Stirling MHR Vince Connelly said he and Curtin MHR Celia Hammond had gained support from Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge for Commonwealth investment in the project, which would see trackless trams run between Glendalough Station and Scarborough Beach.

“The Minister expressed strong interest in the technology,” he said.

“Trackless trams are electric-powered, wheeled vehicles which carry about 250 passengers.

“They also bring a number benefits such as zero emissions and less damage to roads, lowering maintenance costs to government.”

The trams would connect Glendalough Station and Scarborough via Scarborough Beach Road.

Ms Hammond said improved public transport and access to the beach would relieve parking pressures and encourage more visitors.

The City of Stirling has been advocating for the trams along Scarborough Beach Road as part of its Stirling City Centre project, seeking funding ahead of this year’s Federal Election.

Stage one of the plan – extension of Stephenson Avenue to connect with the Mitchell Freeway – is expected to start early next year and is being jointly funded by the State and Federal governments.

The City is also part of the Perth Trackless Tram project being worked on by Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute Professor Peter Newman with several other local governments.

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