Your light rail network is now under construction from Gungahlin to the City. Next stop Woden via City West and Barton (Parliamentary Zone).
The preferred route for City to Woden will complete the north-south light rail backbone for Canberra.
On this route, people will be able to easily access major educational institutions, retail and entertainment precincts, and employment hubs on an integrated public transport network.
Canberra's population is projected to increase significantly over the next 20 years to over 500,000. As Canberra grows, city shaping projects like light rail help to promote the ACT nationally and internationally as a great place to visit, live, invest and study.
We are acutely aware of the national significance of many locations along the City to Woden route, particularly within the Parliamentary Zone.
We have been working closely with the National Capital Authority since 2016 as they manage over 60 per cent of the land where the route will pass.
We have recently welcomed the report from the Commonwealth Inquiry into the City to Woden light rail project, having participated fully in the Inquiry from May to August 2018.
The Commonwealth Committee clearly outlined a pathway to obtaining approvals for the City to Woden light rail route. The ACT Government is now confidently continuing the projects development.
The Commonwealth Inquiry followed extensive community and stakeholder feedback in May and June 2017, on:
- the proposed route options;
- selection of alignment and stop locations;
- items of community, cultural or environmental interest; and
Feedback from the consultations as well as additional modelling informed the ACT Government’s submission to the Commonwealth Committee covering:
- light rail in the national context;
- Parliamentary Zone and planning context;
- Challenges for a growing city;
- Recommended alignment;
- Urban renewal and development opportunities;
- Heritage, cultural, visual and environmental implications of light rail;
- Impacts to trees and provisions for a new landscape; and
- Future project development.
The Commonwealth Inquiry sought additional information from the ACT Government including:
- Constitution Avenue as the ‘spine’;
- Heritage planning and approvals;
- Patronage and journey time modelling;
- Wireless technology capability;
- Cost; and
- Interactions with the National Capital Authority since 2016.
All submissions and responses are available publicly through the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories.
We are considering the detail of the recommendations from the Commonwealth Inquiry.
To make it easier to imagine the future light rail network in the familiar and iconic areas of Canberra, we are building a Virtual Light Rail Tour from the City to Woden.
Download reports from the consultation:
- Canberra's light rail network: taking you from the City to Woden (summary) (PDF, 272.35 KB)
- Light Rail Update, August 2017 (full report) (PDF, 6027.97 KB)
- Woden Valley Community Council's submission (PDF, 2440.23 KB)
Find out more about planning, by reading the Light Rail Update - June 2018.