As Canberra’s economy and communities grow, urban renewal is at the forefront of the ACT governments focus and although is a long-term process, it’s already significantly underway in Canberra’s CBD.
Plans for a public plaza between Canberra’s Sydney and Melbourne buildings and the designs of the light rail stop along the stage one route have been lodged with the National Capital Authority (NCA) for approval.
Last week members from Transport Canberra’s Light Rail team were showcasing the proposed designed for Alinga Street stop and Northbourne Plaza (located on Alinga Street and London Circuit), which are hoping to bring a new look and feel to the city centre.
In The City Canberra’s CEO, Jane Easthope says the proposed designs for the light rail stop along the stage one route will contribute to the efforts in revitalising the centre of the city.
“The Alinga Street stop will change the perception of the centre of the City from somewhere to cut through to somewhere to enjoy, as the stop will provide a wonderful place for people to meet at the start or the end of their journey,” she said.
“This will effectively increase foot traffic in the CBD which surrounding businesses will appreciate benefiting from.”
Now stage two of the light rail project (City to Woden) is gaining momentum. This stage will link the City to Woden through the heart of Canberra’s city centre ensuring Canberra is one of the world’s most liveable and competitive cities, connected through smart public transport.
Stage two of the light rail network will extend the public transport spine for Canberra, connecting employment hubs, community services and commuters from north to south.
In May and June 2017, Transport Canberra asked the community for initial feedback on the proposed route options, selection of alignment and stop locations. The community was also asked to comment on other items such as community, cultural or environmental interest to assist with the project’s development.
This consultation received 4472 responses which will be a critical input to the business plan to be considered by the ACT government.
The City to Woden route has been selected as the next stage in a sequenced future development of a city-wide light rail network.
Keep up to date with the light rail project here.