Shaping Canberra’s public transport future

Light Rail Stage Two will link the City to Woden through the heart of Canberra's city centre. 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.

Canberra's population is projected to increase significantly over the next 20 years. As Canberra grows, city shaping projects like light rail helps to promote the ACT nationally and internationally as a great place to visit, live, invest and study.

Planning for Canberra's growth, reducing congestion and enhancing its liveability, requires a convenient, efficient and reliable public transport system that includes buses, light rail and active transport options such as cycling and walking

What's happening now?

Environmental approvals are now being progressed to bring light rail another step closer to Woden. Light Rail Stage 2A, from the City to Commonwealth Park, is currently progressing through the environmental approvals process with the community encouraged to have their say. Early activities on this leg of the project are already underway, and with the planning approvals set in motion work will continue to refine the project’s planning and design development.

Meanwhile, we continue to progress design development and approvals for Light Rail Stage 2B to extend the network from Commonwealth Park to Woden. This process is expected to take up to 18 months and will require detailed analysis of the project’s route, environmental and heritage assessments, and consultation with a range of local and Federal stakeholders.

Demonstrating further enhancement to the network, a new light rail stop at Mitchell Stop was also recently approved. Construction is expected to commence on this stop in 2021 and once complete will offer a 15-minute journey to the City.

Timeline

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

    2015 - 2016

    Planning Light Rail

    Light Rail Master Plan


  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    2017 - 2018

    Design Development - City to Woden

    City to Woden (Stage 2) designs developed between 2017 and 2018.

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    May 2017

    Community & Stakeholder Conversation #1

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

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    April 2018

    Stage 2 route selected

    Key design and preferred City to Woden route selected.

  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    June 2018 - March 2019

    Community & Stakeholder Conversation #2

    Reviewing the approval process: Commonwealth Joint Standing Committee Inquiry

  • Timeline item 6 - complete

    August 2018 - April 2019

    Building the Light Rail Virtual Reality Tour

    Engaged with the Canberra community using the light rail virtual reality tool.

  • Timeline item 7 - complete

    April 2019

    Operations Commence - Gungahlin to City

    Light Rail Stage One services commence from Gungahlin to the city on 20 April 2019.

  • Timeline item 8 - complete

    August 2019

    Business Case - Light Rail Stage 2A

    Light rail business case published, outlining the planning, route, design, construction and procurement options for Stage 2A, from the city to Commonwealth Park.

  • Timeline item 9 - complete

    July 2019

    EPBC Referrals Submission

    Referrals for light rail City to Commonwealth Park, and Commonwealth Park to Woden submitted to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) under the Environmental Protection, Biodiversity, and Conservation Act (EPBC).

  • Timeline item 10 - complete

    December 2019

    Community & Stakeholder Conversation #3:

    Key conversations about the environment, heritage, accessibility, design and approvals. Click here to read what we heard.

  • Timeline item 11 - active

    June 2020

    First Stage 2A Community Reference Group meeting

    Group discussed purpose of CRG, future meetings, upcoming approvals processes and biodiversity protection measures. Click here to view the minutes.

  • Timeline item 12 - active

    September 2020

    EPBC Preliminary Documentation

    EPBC Preliminary Documentation submitted to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment to address matters of environmental and socio-economic significance to Stage 2A. A public comment period of 20 days followed. Read more here.

  • Timeline item 13 - incomplete

    2021

    Development Application / Works Approval

    A Development Application will be sought through EPSDD, and the Works Approval will be sought through the NCA.

    Environmental Impact Statement - Stage 2B

    EIS process commences for approximately 18 months.

  • Timeline item 14 - incomplete

    2021 - 2026

    Construction of Stage 2A

    City to Commonwealth Park contract closes and construction commences.

  • Timeline item 15 - incomplete

    2026

    Operations Commence - City to Commonwealth Park