Major Contract

ACT Light Rail Stage 2A - City to Commonwealth Park

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 note:

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


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.
Procurement approach
Possible PPP |
Australian Capital Territory | National |
Project website
ACT Light Rail Stage Two