For most of the corridor the current stage 1 (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 crossings where distances between intersections is long. At these un-signalled crossings, users will need to exercise extra 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.
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