Delays in both stages of the light rail project have netted the ACT government nearly $28 million, as Greens crossbencher Caroline Le Couteur signals support for the third route being considered for the Woden leg.
The territory saved $18.6 million in availability payments to Canberra Metro due to its missed construction deadline, according to the Transport Canberra six-monthly performance report tabled in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday.
There was also lower than budgeted depreciation of $5.3 million because of the delayed start to light rail operations. The Gungahlin to city rail line is now expected to start running from April 27, after originally being due for construction completion in late December.
Meanwhile delays in the Commonwealth approvals process for light rail stage two has seen an underspend of $4.8 million on the budget for consultants for the Woden stretch of the project, as the government considers scrapping the proposed route through Barton and instead taking light rail via State Circle.