We are planning, constructing and operating light rail today to ensure the Canberra of tomorrow - with a population of 500,000 by 2030 - can move easily and continue to enjoy Canberra as one of world’s most liveable cities.
We are on track to deliver a stage of light rail every decade.
Today we are delivering the north-south spine connecting Gungahlin to Woden.
Moving more people requires a modern integrated transport network.
Light rail will underpin our modern public transport system as it connects major population areas, employment centre, social and cultural hubs across Canberra.
Planning for Canberra’s growth, reducing congestion and enhancing its liveability requires a convenient, efficient and reliable modern transport system that includes buses, light rail and active transport options such as cycling and walking.
That is why we will keep connecting light rail to buses, building new park and ride facilities, upgrading key transport interchanges, making Canberra more walkable, improving the urban landscape, sparking investment, creating jobs and ultimately inspiring change in the travel behaviour of Canberrans and visitors alike.
As Canberra grows, city-shaping projects like light rail are helping to promote the ACT nationally and internationally as a great place to visit, live, invest and study.
Everyone will benefit as we progressively build the light rail network.
Operation of the Gungahlin to City light rail alignment commenced on 20 April 2019, with more than one million passenger boardings in the first three months.
Off the success of this route, the ACT Government is now progressing with the second stage and building light rail to Woden.
Connecting light rail to Woden is occurring in two stages - City to Commonwealth Park (Stage 2A) and Commonwealth Park to Woden (Stage 2B).
With the business case for Stage 2A endorsed, work has commenced on extending light rail to Commonwealth Park.
This 1.7km extension, due to commence operations in 2024, will see three new stops added to the network and will help move an extra 3,000 passengers daily within the first year of operations.
The project scope includes:
- Three new stations, with stops at City West, City South and Commonwealth Park
- 1.7kms of double track, with an integrated ticketing system
- Four new light rail vehicles
- Power supply and transmission, with 100% renewable energy being used to power operations.
- Traffic signalling, road improvements and tree plantings
Still want more details? You can find out more about Stage 2 of light rail via the links below:
- Stage 2 of Light Rail - Building Light Rail to Woden Video
- Stage 2 of Light Rail - Building Light Rail to Woden summary (PDF 2MB)
- Light Rail Stage 2A Business Case (redacted) (PDF 5.7MB)
To learn more about the project to raise London Circuit, including to read its redacted business case, please visit the City Renewal Authority website.
Canberra has joined over 400 cities worldwide enjoying the benefits of light rail.
Arriving at a stop knowing a light rail vehicle will arrive every six minutes in the peak hour, takes the guess work out of timetables
Reliable and frequent services mean you can travel knowing a trip to the City is less than 30 minutes away, with more hours of operation everyday
Read a book, stream a show, find a comfortable seat with free Wi-Fi on-board and at stops
Take the guesswork out of boarding with doors that meet the platform, priority seating for wheelchairs, prams and room for bikes
Travel confidently knowing its renewable energy taking you where you need to go
The Light Rail Operating Network is SDMS ID 3132 and further information can be found on ACTmapi: http://www.actmapi.act.gov.au/.