Project Status: In Progress

How to have your say:

How to have YourSay:

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

You can have your say about the next stage of the Light Rail by:

You can find out more about the next stage of the Light Rail 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:

We lodged plans for referral under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act - an important step to clarify the heritage and environmental impacts of the project.

Through this formal assessment process you will have the opportunity to share your views and provide feedback through Federal Department of Environment and Energy.

While we work on the referrals we continue to operate and plan the north-south spine of the light rail network from Gungahlin through the City and to Woden. We are monitoring, listening and learning from the:

  • Passenger experiences and boardings on the Gungahlin to City route;
  • Experiences of construction on the Gungahlin to City route;
  • Commonwealth Inquiry into City to Woden route;
  • Technical studies on Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, State Circle East and Yarra Glen;
  • Ongoing engagement with the National Capital Authority;
  • Community discussions on a future Woden Interchange;
  • Early insights from businesses along the City to Woden route;
  • Early engagement along the City to Woden route with Community Councils, stakeholders groups and the community; and
  • Experiences of major infrastructure delivery throughout Australia as part of the Next Generation Engagement Project through the Australian National University.

We will use your views to:

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 invited to share their views in the next round of consultations as we work through the formal assessment process, managed by the Federal Department of Environment and Energy (Conversation # 3).

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

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

    Stage 2A Business Case Development

    Using the planning guidance, develop a detailed business case, route design, and procurement options.

  • Timeline item 10

    2019 July

    EPBC Referrals Submission

    Referrals for light rail City to Commonwealth Park, and Commonwealth Park to Woden submitted to the Department of Environment and Energy under the Environmental Protection, Biodiversity, and Conservation Act.

  • Timeline item 11

    2019 to 2020

    Community & Stakeholder Conversation #3:

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

  • Timeline item 12


    Key Approval

    Business Case for City to Commonwealth Park route

  • 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


Light Rail Network Expansion map - Woden