As of 1 January 2018, the management of the City Centre Marketing and Improvements Levy transferred from In The City Canberra to the City Renewal Authority. Views expressed in these articles may not reflect the views of the Authority.
Track slabs and accompanying rails along the 12-kilometre Gungahlin to city track are being laid with Canberra Metro currently constructing track north of Well Station Drive.
Overhead wiring, which will power the light rail vehicles, is in the process of being installed and tested. Construction of the civil works has also commenced for three of the stops.
The first light rail vehicle arrived in Canberra from Spain in December 2017 ahead of its 13 remaining ‘sister’ vehicles. Each vehicle will carry 207 passengers, including 12 priority seats and two wheelchair spaces. They will be equipped with on-board Wi-Fi as well as air conditioning and bicycle storage.
Artwork by two talented local artists has been chosen to brighten up light rail passengers’ trips. Public transport pick-up and drop-off points will incorporate a creative flair with Hannah Quinlivan’s artwork to feature on the glazed screens at each pick-up and drop-off platform. Aboriginal elder Uncle Jimmy Williams’ artwork will feature on the seat fabric on board each vehicle.
Canberra Metro’s construction team has extended its operational hours from 6:00am – 8:00pm to ensure project milestones are met. With the team hard at work, motorists are urged to avoid the Federal Highway and Northbourne Avenue roadways, taking alternative routes where possible. For further information and updates regarding road closures, head to Canberra Metro’s website.