How to have your say:

How you can have your say:

Your light rail network starts with Gungahlin to the City. Next stop Woden.

You can get ready for the conversations to come in 2019 by:

This project will make a significant contribution to ensuring Canberra is one of the world's most liveable and competitive cities, connected through smart public transport. Canberra’s public will be able to easily access major educational institutions, retail and entertainment precincts and employment hubs on an integrated public transport network.

What is being looked at:

Many Canberrans work, live, study or play at the national institutions, Lake Burley Griffin or the employment, retail and residential centers along the preferred alignment.

Easily imagine the future light rail network in the familiar and iconic areas of Canberra with a virtual tour, departing now:

  • City commuter - City West on London Circuit
  • Crossing the lake – Commonwealth Avenue
  • A new urban landscape – Adelaide Avenue
  • Better connected – Woden Town Centre

We are working on additional views including:

  • Parliamentary Zone - alternate routes
  • Yarra Glen - traffic and transport
  • Woden Town Centre - a new interchange

We will use your views to:

Canberran's voted on the views they wanted to see next in 2018 and helped us build the Virtual Tour.

You wanted to see City West on London Circuit and Windsor Walk - part of the alternate route through Barton. We have delivered.

You told us you want to see the Woden Interchange in the Woden Town Centre and where traffic meets light rail at the Yarra Glen, we are still working on these views and will release it by mid 2019.

Planning, designing, constructing and operating the light rail network is an ongoing conversation.

Together we have already chosen the preferred route for City to Woden (Conversation #1) and examined the planning approvals needed to pass through the Parliamentary Zone through a Commonwealth Inquiry (Conversation #2).

Soon the community and stakeholders will be invite to share their views in the next round of consuiltations as we get closer to formal approval process (Conversation # 3).

While engagement will be ongoing, we will have at least four (4) formal conversations with the community and stakeholders as we progress City to Woden light rail project from now to 2025.

Virtual tour map and locations

Project Timeline

Planning for City to Woden is well underway.
  • Timeline item 1

    2015 to 2016

  • Timeline item 2

    2017 to 2018

    Design Development

    City to Woden route

  • Timeline item 3

    2017 May to June

    Community & Stakeholder Conversation #1:

    Choosing the prefered route: City to Woden route options & stop locations

  • Timeline item 4

    2018 April

    Key Design Outcomes

    Preferred City to Woden route selected
  • Timeline item 5

    2018 June - 2019 March

    Community & Stakeholder Conversation #2:

    Reviewing the approval process: Commonwealth Joint Standing Committee Inquiry

  • Timeline item 6

    2018 - 2019

    Planning Guidance

    After the Inquiry, Commonwealth Government planning advice and recommendations

  • Timeline item 7

    2018 August to 2019 April

    Building the Light Rail Virtual RealityTour

  • Timeline item 8

    20 April 2019

    Operations Commence

    Gungahlin to City

  • Timeline item 9

    2018 to 2019

    Business Case Development

    After the Commonwealth endorses the preferred route a detailed business case, route design and procurement options

  • Timeline item 10

    2019 to 2020

    Community & Stakeholder Conversation #3:

    Environment and heritage: key approvals to be sensitive to heritage and the environment

  • Timeline item 11


    Key Approval

    Business Case for City to Woden route

  • Timeline item 12


    Community & Stakeholder Conversation #4:

    Heritage and environment: feedback on the Environmental Impact Statement for City to Woden (includes heritage considerations) as well as planning and other approvals

  • Timeline item 13


    Procurement Process

    Determining who and how the City to Woden route will be constructed

  • Timeline item 14

    2020 to 2025


    City to Woden contract close and construction commences

  • Timeline item 15


    Operation Commences

    City to Woden


Route map city to woden

Approval Process

Approval process

The approvals process for City to Woden is similar to Gungahlin to the City, being subject to both ACT and National Capital Authority planning requirements.

There are however, additional requirements as a results of the Commonwealth Parliament Act 1974 and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

These additional requirements, while adding to the complexity of the project approvals, are well established and rigorous processes, addressing planning, design and environmental implications.

Above is a simplified overview of the different processes that apply to the project and the relationship between them.