Many people have a role to play in delivering each light rail alignment and ultimately delivering our light rail network.Light Rail


Canberra is a planned City. People are accountable for reviewing, accessing development and infrastructure proposals.

We work closely with other ACT Government areas like Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) to ensure transport infrastructure proposals like light rail align with our planning policies and guidelines.

We also seek approval from Commonwealth planners like the National Capital Authority.

Technical experts

We employ a range of technical experts to assess, investigate and develop light rail.

On any given day you could meet technical modellers looking at passenger demand forecasts, assessing traffic impacts or determining potential flooding risks or power requirements to operate light rail on battery or wire.

Multi-disciplinary teams of experts on road design, rail development, drainage or utilities work alongside environmental scientists, urban designers, quality controllers and community engagement staff.

Commercial experts develop cost plans for construction and operations while other advisers build the business case to seek investment.

Construction teams

When we have developed light rail with investment and with approvals for construction, we look for experienced construction teams to build the light rail alignment.

People with experience in roads, drainage, bridges through to rail infrastructure like tracks, sub stations, overhead lines, signals and stops. As construction nears completion the urban realm comes to life overseen by heritage experts, architects, designers, artists, landscapers and wayfinding designers.

The first wave of construction activity supporting the Gungahlin to City route directly expanded the skills of Canberra’s workforce. Local businesses to supply services and stock from coffee and breakfast for construction crews through to wires, signature art pieces, landscaping services, hoarding boards, site sheds and other equipment.


Developing and building major infrastructure both attracts interest and creates impacts. Introducing major change in the way that people move through a city presents opportunities and challenges.

Non-government organisations like Canberra Business Chamber, ACT property Council, ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service as well as Community Councils offer valuable insights and discussion that help shape the development of light rail.


Beyond stakeholders and representative groups, the Canberra community is engaged in the way the city evolves and meets the challenges of a growing population and congestion.

How people move through the city is an ongoing discussion, the mark of a modern and maturing city. Light rail, through its development, presents several formal consultation activities which seek the feedback and views of the Canberra community to help select the alignment or mitigate impacts.

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