ACT Light Rail Stage 2B – Commonwealth Park to Woden


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ACT Light Rail Stage 2B – Commonwealth Park to Woden

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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.

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All greenfield and brownfield projects and divestments: > NZD $100 million

STATUS: Announced
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




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)




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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