We’ve been warned about major traffic dramas on Canberra roads once work gets started on stage 2 of Light Rail from the City to Woden.

Lane closures and lower speed limits along Commonwealth Avenue are tipped to see traffic capacity along the major road reduced by up to 80%.

It’s also expected there’ll be construction works taking place in the city centre for up to four years.

It’s prompted a renewed call from the ACT Council of Social Service for the Territory Government to consider implementing free public transport.

Acting CEO Craig Wallace said ahead of the works beginning is the perfect time to revisit the idea.

“Free public transport could take cars off the roads in peak times, reduce our carbon footprint, encourage social participation, volunteering and employment by people on low incomes and alleviate some of the transport challenges set to face our city over the next couple of years.”

“It could provide a win-win to people on low incomes, services and businesses in the city facing disruption.”

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The ACT Government has been upfront about the headaches the works are expected to cause.

Transport Minister, Chris Steel said a ‘Disruption Taskforce’ had already been established to work with community and businesses to help reduce the impacts the works will have.

“The Disruption Taskforce has now been meeting for around two months and will inform practical measures the Government will be putting in place to reduce disruption.” Minister Steel said.

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