Under Consideration


How to have your say:

Your light rail network is now under construction from Gungahlin to the City. Next stop Woden.

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.

Thank you for helping to select a preferred route for City to Woden via Parkes and Barton through the Parliamentary Triangle. The preferred route will extend the public transport spine for Canberra, connecting employment hubs, community services and commuters from south to north.

This route is now subject to an inquiry by the Commonwealth Government. You can stay informed and have your say by:

The ACT Government welcomes the inquiry into the project being conducted by the Commonwealth’s Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories.

What is being looked at:

The Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories will inquire into and report on the development of the City to Woden light rail route in the Australian Capital Territory, with regard to:

  1. the relevant parliamentary approval processes for works within the Parliamentary zone;
  2. the roles of the National Capital Authority and the Australian Government, and the associated approval processes;
  3. possible impacts on the Parliamentary zone and Parliamentary precincts, including any impacts on the heritage values and national importance of the Parliamentary zone and our national capital; and
  4. the identification of matters that may be of concern prior to formal parliamentary or Australian Government consideration of the project; and
  5. any other relevant matter the Committee wishes to examine.

We will use your views to:

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.

In conversation #1 (May and June 2017) we asked for initial feedback on the proposed route options, selection of the alignment and stop locations. Your feedback helped to select the preferred route.

In conversation #2 through the inquiry, we may take in feedback and expert advice to inform the design, planning, heritage and environmental assessments and the business case.

Importantly, we need the Commonwealth following the inquiry, to endorse the preferred route so that we can continue work with certainty on the business case and the route design. 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 2024.


Artist Impressions

Preferred Route

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.

Key Background

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

      2018

      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

      2017

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

        Background Documents

        Transport Canberra - Light Rail Network

        Light Rail Master Plan