ACT Light Rail - Stage 2




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Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

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ACT Light Rail - Stage 2
ACT Light Rail Stage 2B – Commonwealth Park to Woden
ACT Light Rail Stage 2A – City to Commonwealth Park
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Greenfield (construction) or brownfield (government asset divestment) projects needed or likely to occur within the next five years, but is not formally proposed by a state, territory or major local government.

Credibly proposed

The project or divestment is supported by a state, territory or major local government, is subject to studies or other processes (such as pre-feasibility or scoping studies or business case development), and is likely to proceed to formal announcement.   

Announced

The project has a firm commitment and timeline from a state, territory or major local government, but has not yet entered the market.

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Preferred bidder announced

A preferred bidder has been selected and is in exclusive negotiations.

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STATUS: Announced
VALUE: $1.45bn AUD
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: ACT
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Possible PPP
TYPE: Greenfield

Project scope

ACT Light Rail Stage 2 is a light rail (tram) project that will run from the Canberra CBD to Woden, via the Parliamentary Triangle. This will provide an extension to the Stage 1 line, which runs from the Canberra CBD to Gungahlin in the northern suburbs.

The line will be 10.7 km long, with 12 new stops along the route.

Due to the significant planning approval process required to construct light rail through the Parliamentary Triangle, Stage 2 has been split into two stages:

  • Stage 2A: CBD to Commonwealth Park (1.7 km)
  • Stage 2B: Commonwealth Park to Woden (9km) – including the Parliamentary Triangle

 


 

Project Timeline

See subproject pages for stage timelines:

 


 

Procurement

It is likely that sole contract negotiations will be undertaken with Canberra Metro, the builder and operator of Light Rail Stage 1.

Canberra Metro are a consortium consisting of Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, John Holland, UGL, Mitsubishi Corporation, Aberdeen Infrastructure Investments, DB Engineering & Consulting (formerly Deutsche Bahn International), CAF and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Ltd (MUFG).

Canberra Metro will operate the Light Rail Stage 1 network for 20 years under a private public partnership agreement with the ACT Government.

 


 

Funding

The Federal Government is awaiting assessment of the project business case before allocating funding.

The 2019-20 ACT Budget allocated $49.4 million towards the project over the forward estimates.

The 2018-19 ACT Budget allocated $12.5 million towards progressing detailed planning and design.

The ACT Government anticipates project cost to be in the region of $1.3 billion to $1.6 billion.

 


 

Project history

2015: ACT Light Rail Master Plan released, which includes Stage 1 & Stage 2 among other future rail corridors.
2016: ACT election commitment to extend the light rail through to Woden
2017: Four potential routes identified for Stage 2.
2018: Preferred route announced (City-Parkes-Barton-Adelaide Ave-Woden).
2018: 2018-19 ACT Budget allocates $12.5 million to the project
2019: 2019-20 ACT Budget allocates $49.4 million to the project
Jul 2019: Planning approval for Stage 2 is split in two to better deal with complex planning approval through the parliamentary triangle.
Aug 2019: Business consultation process to be undertaken
Sep 2019: ACT Government endorses the business case for Stage 2A

 


 

Further Information

In May 2018 the Federal Government Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories commenced an inquiry into the Commonwealth and Parliamentary approvals for Stage 2. The Inquiry looked at possible impacts by the light rail line on the Parliamentary Zone and precincts and its consistency with the National Capital Plan. Through the inquiry the ACT Government reiterated its preference for route option 2A, which would cross Lake Burley Griffin via Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, and stated it would be unlikely to invest in the project if the Committee were to recommend the route should use the Kings Avenue Bridge instead. This route is only partially consistent with that defined in the National Capital Plan.

The Joint Standing Committee handed down its report in October 2018, recommending that the ACT Government work with the National Capital Authority (NCA) to ensure Commonwealth approval by way of amending the National Capital Plan. The Committee also recommended that Parliament require light rail lines to be wire-free in the Parliamentary triangle and on a number of roads in adjoining precincts. The ACT Government has subsequently said it will work with the NCA on any possible changes to the National Capital Plan, while continuing to pursue it's preferred route, option 2A.

In July 2019, the ACT Government split the planning approval process in order to deal with the complex issues in the Parliamentary Triangle identified by the Joint Standing Committee. The ACT Government plans to fast track approval of the initial extension of the line from the CBD to Commonwealth Park, while allowing more time more time for approval of the stage from Commonwealth Park to Woden.

In September 2019, the ACT government endorsed the business case for the City to Commonwealth Park light rail line (Stage 2A), introducing 3 new stops over a 1.7km extension.



Last reviewed: 30/10/2019

ACT Light Rail Stage 2A – City to Commonwealth Park


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Recently closed
 ACT Light Rail Stage 2A – City to Commonwealth Park

STATUS: Under procurement
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: ACT
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Possible PPP
TYPE: Greenfield

Project scope 

ACT Light Rail Stage 2 is a light rail (tram) project that will run from the Canberra CBD to Woden via the Parliamentary Triangle.

The line will be 10.7 km long, with 12 new stops along the route.

Due to the significant planning approval process required to construct light rail through the Parliamentary Triangle, Stage 2 has been split into Stage 2A and Stage 2B. This project page relates to Stage 2A:

Stage 2A: CBD to Commonwealth Park (1.7 km) includes:

  • 3 light rail stops
  • expansion of Mitchel depot to stable and maintain additional trams
  • a new bridge over Parkes Way, and
  • raising London Circuit to the same level as Commonwealth Avenue.

 


 

Project Timeline

Mid-2019 – Mid-2020: approvals process
Mid-2019 – Mid-2020: early contractor involvement process
Mid-2020: main package contract award
Mid-2020 – 2023/24: construction
Late 2023/24: commissioning
2024: operations commence

 


 

Procurement

Stage 2A contract negotiations have commenced with Canberra Metro, the builder and operator of Light Rail Stage 1.

Canberra Metro are a consortium consisting of Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, John Holland, UGL, Mitsubishi Corporation, Aberdeen Infrastructure Investments, DB Engineering & Consulting (formerly Deutsche Bahn International), CAF and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Ltd (MUFG).

 


 

Funding

The Federal Government is awaiting assessment of the project business case before allocating funding.

The 2019-20 ACT Budget allocated $49.4 million towards the (entire Stage 2) project over the forward estimates.

The 2018-19 ACT Budget allocated $12.5 million towards progressing detailed planning and design (for entire Stage 2).

The ACT Government anticipates (the entire Stage 2) project cost to be in the region of $1.3 billion to $1.6 billion.

No specific cost estimates, or funding have yet been provided for Stage 2A.

 


 

Project History

Feb 2020: The ACT Government announced that the Stage 2A Light Rail extension will include 1.7 kilometres of wire-free track from the Alinga Street station, along London Circuit and onto Commonwealth Avenue, finishing at Commonwealth Park. New and existing light rail vehicles will be fitted with energy storage and regenerative braking. 
Jul 2019
: Planning approval for Stage 2 is split in two to better deal with complex planning approval through the parliamentary triangle.
Aug 2019: Business consultation process to be undertaken
Sep 2019: ACT Government endorses the business case for Stage 2A.

 


 

Further Information

In July 2019, the ACT Government split the planning approval process in order to deal with the complex issues in the Parliamentary triangle identified by the Joint Standing Committee. The ACT Government plan to fast track approval of the initial extension of the line from the CBD to Commonwealth Park, while allowing more time more time for approval of the stage from Commonwealth Park to Woden.

In September 2019, the ACT Government endorsed the business case for the City to Commonwealth Park light rail line (Stage 2A), introducing 3 new stops over a 1.7 km extension.



Last reviewed: 21/02/2020

ACT Light Rail Stage 2B – Commonwealth Park to Woden


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 ACT Light Rail Stage 2B – Commonwealth Park to Woden

STATUS: Announced
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: ACT
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Possible PPP
TYPE: Greenfield

Project scope

ACT Light Rail Stage 2 is a light rail (tram) project that will run from the Canberra CBD to Woden via the Parliamentary Triangle.

The line will be 10.7 km long, with 12 new stops along the route.

Due to the significant planning approval process required to construct light rail through the Parliamentary Triangle, Stage 2 has been split into Stage 2A and Stage 2B. This project page relates to Stage 2B.

Stage 2B: Commonwealth Park to Woden (9 km), including:

  • 9 light rail stops
  • a new bridge over Lake Burley Griffin
  • new bridges over intersecting roadways
  • new pedestrian bridges, and
  • wire-free running (no overhead wires) through the Parliamentary Triangle

 


 

Project Timeline

2019 – project timeline is pending Federal Government planning approval

 


 

Procurement

Stage 2B procurement will commence after the ACT Government obtains planning approval and full funding.

It is expected that contract negotiation will be undertaken with Canberra Metro, the builder and operator of Light Rail Stage 1.

Canberra Metro are a consortium consisting of Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, John Holland, UGL, Mitsubishi Corporation, Aberdeen Infrastructure Investments, DB Engineering & Consulting (formerly Deutsche Bahn International), CAF and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Ltd (MUFG)

 


 

Funding

The Federal Government is awaiting assessment of the project business case before allocating funding.
The 2019-20 ACT Budget allocated $49.4 million towards the (entire Stage 2) project over the forward estimates.

The 2018-19 ACT Budget allocated $12.5 million towards progressing detailed planning and design (for entire Stage 2).

The ACT Government anticipates (the entire Stage 2) project cost to be in the region of $1.3 billion to $1.6 billion.

No specific cost estimates, or funding have yet been provided for Stage 2B.

 


 

Project history

2015: ACT Light Rail Master Plan released, which includes Stage 1 & Stage 2 among other future rail corridors.
2016: ACT election commitment to extend the light rail through to Woden
2017: Four potential routes identified for Stage 2.
2018: Preferred route announced (City-Parkes-Barton-Adelaide Ave-Woden).
2018: 2018-19 ACT Budget allocates $12.5 million to the project
2019: 2019-20 ACT Budget allocates $49.4 million to the project
Jul 2019: Planning approval for Stage 2 is split in two to better deal with complex planning approval through the parliamentary triangle.

 


 

Further Information

In July 2019, the ACT Government split the planning approval process in order to deal with the complex issues in the Parliamentary Triangle identified by the Joint Standing Committee. The ACT Government plan to fast track approval of the initial extension of the line from the CBD to Commonwealth Park, while allowing more time more time for approval of the stage from Commonwealth Park to Woden.



Last reviewed: 30/10/2019

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