Stage 1 of the Canberra Light Rail project was launched in April 2019

This first phase of a city-wide light rail network is a twelve-kilometre route that connects the northern area of Gungahlin to Canberra’s City centre.

There are 13 stops along the stage one route with services every six minutes during peak periods and every 10-15 minutes at other times.

Light rail is an attractive and accessible transport choice for Canberra residents with, on average, over 90,000 passenger boardings each week. This is significantly higher than original forecasts.

Stats and facts

During the delivery of Stage 1 of light rail from Gungahlin to the City:

5,000
People worked on the project
300+
Local businesses have been involved in the project
70%
Project workforce from Canberra and surrounds
26km
Total rail track laid for Stage 1
382
Overhead wire poles stood
1,200+
Trees planted along Light Rail corridor

Milestones

The Network

14
Light Rail Vehicles
13
Stops along the route
12km
Total distance of route
442
CCTV cameras
276
Passenger information displays
166
Help points
24hr
Operations Control Centre
1,494
Trips per week
18,000
Kilometres travelled per week

Light rail vehicles

Light rail stops

The light rail stops have been designed to provide comfortable, safe, and attractive places for everyone using the light rail system. The large overhead canopies provide shade during the summer months, while skylights bring in much-appreciated sunlight on Canberra’s crisp winter days. Glazed weather screens provide additional shelter on wet or windy days.

Customers of all abilities are well served at stops with hearing induction loops, auditory announcements, accessible ramps, level boarding to light rail vehicles and tactile elements. Security has also been considered through the provision of lighting, closed circuit television cameras and help points.

Public art on light rail

The design of the seat fabric on Canberra’s light rail vehicles is the work of celebrated indigenous artist, Uncle Jimmy Williams. His design depicts the flight of the bogong moth, an insect that is culturally significant to the local Ngunnawal People.

Artwork is also a highlight of the light rail stops. The glazed weather screens on each platform feature the contemporary designs of Canberra artist, Hannah Quinlivan. Hannah’s design is a continuous, flowing pattern representing human movement in Canberra’s landscape.