Shaping Canberra’s public transport future

Light Rail Stage 2 (LRS2) 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 to over 500,000. 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?

Stage 2 of the light rail network from the City to Woden will extend the public transport spine for Canberra, connecting employment hubs, community services and commuters from south to north.

The City to Woden route has been selected as the next stage in a sequenced future development of a city-wide light rail network.

The preferred route for stage two of Canberra’s light rail network was released this month and displayed in the map. This route travels through Parkes and Barton.

Light Rail Updates

Light Rail Update - June 2018

Light Rail Update - August 2017

    Conversation Recaps

    Conversation #1: Choosing the route

      Media Releases


      20/6 - City to Woden light rail planning well underway

      5/6 - More investment in light rail to continue the network rollout

      11/5 - Inquiry into light rail stage two welcomed

      19/4 - Next Steps for light rail stage two from Civic to Woden


      19/12 - Light rail stage two - options refines following community consultation

        Background Documents

        Transport Canberra - Light Rail Network

        Light Rail Master Plan