Stage 1 of light rail will connect Gungahlin to the City.

Stage 1 Route Map: Gungahlin to the City

There are 13 stops in total including a terminus at each end of the route. Stop locations were selected based upon:

  • patronage – to support areas that include strong current and future use of the system
  • access and connectivity – ease of access, connectivity with the local population and proximity to high priority destinations
  • legibility – clarity of location in the urban environment
  • public domain – the ability to enhance the local area.

There are two types of light rail stops:

  • an island stop which has the platform located between the two tracks
  • a side stop which has platforms on either side of the two tracks.

Find out about route and track alignment.

Light rail stop names

The stage 1 stop names are:

  • Gungahlin Place
  • Manning Clark North
  • Mapleton Avenue
  • Nullarbor Avenue
  • Well Station Drive
  • EPIC and Racecourse
  • Phillip Avenue
  • Swinden Street
  • Dickson Interchange
  • MacArthur Avenue
  • Ipima Street
  • Elouera Street
  • Alinga Street.

Rail stop design

The light rail stops will provide comfortable, functional and attractive places for everyone using the light rail system. The design includes:

  • a roof that will provide a sense of warmth and generosity of space which responds to Canberra's seasons
  • a large canopy area to provide shade during our summer months, with skylights to bring in light on Canberra's crisp sunny winter days, and screens for shelter when it's wet and windy
  • elements such as hearing induction loops, auditory announcements, digital information displays, accessible ramps, level boarding to light rail vehicles and tactile elements
  • lighting, closed circuit television cameras and emergency help points for security
  • artwork on the weather screens by Canberra artist, Hannah Quinlivan, who was selected from a range of prominent Australian artists to collaborate with architects on the project.

The design for the Alinga St stop recognises its importance as the hub of the emerging light rail network. In addition to the features of other side stops, Alinga St stop includes enlarged canopies for the full length of the platform, increased seating areas, and distinct ‘fractal landscape’ to create an attractive and comfortable place for meeting, boarding and alighting from light rail.

The design for Gungahlin Place stop is an island stop with extended canopy set in the middle of the Gungahlin retail centre. The landscape in this area will be upgraded to include soft landscaping, trees and spaces for outdoor dining.

Stops located at Gungahlin Place, Dickson and Alinga St are located close to bus interchanges for easy transfer to and from local bus services.

You can look at the proposed detailed design of the Alinga Street stop and the Northbourne Avenue Plaza preliminary design below.

Light Rail Stop Design

Route and track alignment

For most of the corridor the current stage one (City to Gungahlin) design has the tracks in the middle of the road using the wide median space.

The median alignment was chosen based on:

  • Early Burley Griffin plans for the city, where the median was always planned to include rail transport, along with a number of other wide corridors intended for rail transport and to link the major nodes and attractions across Canberra.
  • Previous consultation indicated a public preference to use median alignment.
  • Engineering analysis and traffic modelling, where a median alignment required fewer modifications to intersections, less access issues during construction and less cost than other options.
  • Using a centralised stop and system infrastructure, which proves to be much more cost effective than duplicating stops and shelters on either side of the road.

Along Flemington Road Canberra Metro has designed and constructed tracks on the western verge. Consequently, the EPIC stop will be placed on the racecourse side of Flemington Road, rather than in the centre of the road.

Along the route and next to the light rail tracks, the project is upgrading the landscape to include both native and exotic trees and ground plane native grasses.

Walking across the tracks

Tracks will be able to be crossed using the many signalised intersections along the route, and a few un-signalled crossing where distances between intersections is long.  At these un-signalled crossings users will need to exercise a heightened sense of care.

Also, light rail does not adopt big fences and level differences that are common on train networks. Track crossings are similar to crossing the road for pedestrians today.

Find out more about using light rail.