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.
|2021||Expected Contract Award for Stage 2A|
|2022||Expected Construction Commencement for Stage 2A|
|2024||Expected Construction Completion for Stage 2A|
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).
|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.|
ACT Jobs and Economic Recovery Plan
Stage 2A Business Case - September 2019