Project

ACT Light Rail Stage Two

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
ACT Light Rail  Stage Two

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

The line will be 11 kilometres 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 Two has been split into two stages:

  • Stage 2A: CBD to Commonwealth Park (1.7 kilometres), and 
  • Stage 2B: Commonwealth Park to Woden (nine kilometres) – including the Parliamentary Triangle.

Key Dates

2021 Expected Contract Award for Stage 2A
2022 Expected Construction Commencement for Stage 2A
2024 Expected Construction Completion for Stage 2A

Funding contributions

Federal Government
ACT Government

Procurement

Procurement note:

Contract negotiations expected to be undertaken with Canberra Metro, the builder and operator of Light Rail Stage One. Canberra Metro is a consortium comprising 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).

Related contracts:
Design and planning approvals
Successful Tenderer - AECOM

PROJECT HISTORY

2015 ACT Light Rail Master Plan was released, which included Stage One and Stage Two among other future rail corridors.
2016 ACT Government made an election commitment to extend the light rail through to Woden.
2017 Four potential routes were identified for Stage Two.
2018 Preferred route (City-Parkes-Barton-Adelaide Ave-Woden) was announced.
2018 2018-19 ACT Budget allocated $12.5 million to the project.
Jul 2018 Planning approval for Stage Two is split in two to better deal with complex planning approval through the parliamentary triangle.
2019 2019-20 ACT Budget allocates $18 million in capital expenditure for 2019-20.
Aug 2020 In the 2020 ACT Jobs and Economic Recovery Plan, the ACT Government allocated $24 million over 2020-21, with provisions for another $312 million over the following three years for design and construction of Stage Two.
Feb 2021 The 2020-21 ACT Budget allocated $29 million toward the ACT Light Rail Stage Two with provisions for additional funding. $1.3 million was also provided to assess the feasibility of extending the line from Woden to Mawson.
Feb 2021 The Federal Government announced $132.5 million for Stage 2A.
Mar 2021 Procurement process for Commercial Advisory Services closed on 18 March.
Apr 2021 The ACT Government announced AECOM has been selected to facilitate the design and planning approvals for Stage 2A and 2B.
Estimated Total Cost
(2020)
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Possible PPP | Unconfirmed |
Location
Australian Capital Territory | National |
Resources
Project website
ACT Light Rail Stage Two
Tender notices
2021/03/11
Major Contract

ACT Light Rail Stage 2B - Commonwealth Park to Woden

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
ACT Light Rail Stage 2B - Commonwealth Park to Woden

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

Due to the significant planning approval process required to construct light rail through the Parliamentary Triangle, Stage Two has been split into Stage 2A and Stage 2B. This project page relates to Stage 2B, which extends the line by nine kilometres from Commonwealth Park to Woden, including:

  • nine 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 HISTORY

Jul 2019 Planning approval for Stage Two is split in two to better deal with complex planning approval through the Parliamentary Triangle.
Jun 2021 The ACT Government released the tender for the enabling works package which includes the relocation of utility assets.
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Possible PPP |
Location
Australian Capital Territory |
Resources
Project website
ACT Light Rail Stage Two
Media releases
2021/06/02
Major Contract

ACT Light Rail Stage 2A - City to Commonwealth Park

PROJECT STATUS
Under Procurement
ACT Light Rail Stage 2A - City to Commonwealth Park

ACT Light Rail Stage Two is a light rail  project that will run from the Canberra CBD to Woden via the Parliamentary Triangle. The line will be 11 kilometres 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 Two has been split into Stage 2A and Stage 2B. This project page relates to Stage 2A, which extends the line by 1.7 kilometres from Civic in Canberra to Commonwealth Park, including:

  • three light rail stops at City West, City South, and Commonwealth Park
  • expansion of Mitchel depot to stable and maintain additional trams
  • a new bridge over Parkes Way
  • raising London Circuit to the same level as Commonwealth Avenue
  • four new light rail vehicles
  • wire-free track design
  • power supply and transmission, and
  • traffic signalling, road improvements and tree plantings.

Key Dates

Feb 2021 Project Announcement
2021 Expected Contract Award
2022 Expected Construction Commencement
2024 Expected Construction Completion

Procurement

Procurement note:

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

PROJECT HISTORY

Jul 2019 Planning approval for Stage Two was split in two to better deal with complex planning approval through the parliamentary triangle.
Sep 2019 ACT Government endorsed the business case for Stage 2A.
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.
Feb 2020 The Federal Government granted environmental approval to commence work on Stage 2A.
Aug 2020 ACT Government called for public feedback to Preliminary Documentation responding to requirements under Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
Feb 2021 The Federal Government announced $132.5 million for Stage 2A.
Apr 2021 The ACT Government released updated delivery plans for the project with early works commencing before the end of 2021.
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Possible PPP |
Location
Australian Capital Territory | National |
Resources
Project website
ACT Light Rail Stage Two