What's next for Light Rail?
Expansion to Woden
Our light rail network is now operating, with the Gungahlin to City route completed. The next step is to extend the light rail network through to Woden
Expanding on the existing light rail network will allow people to easily access major educational institutions, retail and entertainment precincts, major events and employment hubs through an integrated public transport network.
- When the light rail is extended through to Woden we expect to move 39,000 people per day across 600 potential journeys.
- By 2041 we will provide travel options for 120,000 people working along the alignment and 90,000 people living or studying nearby.
- The light rail expansion will support more than 4million people who visit events and attractions in the national area.
- Over 50 hotels, five education institutions, 10 retail and entertainment precincts, 11 cultural institutions and 20 employment centres will be connected when the Gungahlin to Woden route is complete.
- In September 2019 the ACT Government endorsed the business case for the City to Commonwealth Park light rail line, introducing 3 new stops over a 1.7km extension.
- We continue planning and design works for the line between Commonwealth Park and Woden, however delivering light rail in two stages makes a complex project more focused and connects more Canberrans to light rail sooner.
- We have been working through the recommendations of a Commonwealth Inquiry into the City to Woden project.
- We are currently seeking an assessment by the Federal Department of Environment and Energy (DoEE) into the environmental and heritage impacts of the expansion of light rail to Woden.
- Canberra community and stakeholders will continue to be engaged during the planning, design and construction phases for delivery of light rail to Woden.
Light Rail Network Expansion
Building light rail to Woden
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.
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