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Appointment to investigate further routes for light rail in Canberra

Australasia Press Office
6 May 2014

Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, has announced the appointment of Arup to lead a team to undertake the Canberra Light Rail Master Plan project.

Arup will lead a team of consultants including Brown Consulting, CBRE, Purdon Associates, Aquenta and Tract to explore options for a potential future citywide light rail network that will seek to maximise the significant social, economic and environmental opportunities that light rail transport can provide to cities.

It is important for us to begin investigations on where future stages of this network will go, which includes Russell, Canberra Airport, the Parliamentary Triangle, Kingston, Woden, Erindale, Tuggeranong, Belconnen, Kippax, Lanyon, Weston Creek and Molonglo. Our goal is to ensure we get the best value for money, while providing world class public transport options for the Canberra community. ” Simon Corbell Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Canberra

The team will work closely with government and community stakeholder groups over the next year. Community consultation is expected to commence later this year with the Light Rail Master Plan to be completed by early 2015.


With planning, and insight from our work on many light rail projects in Australia and overseas, we hope to identify the best opportunities for Canberra to open the connections between the City and surrounding suburbs – providing the potential for new growth and improved services. ”

The Capital Metro Agency will continue to focus on the delivery of Capital Metro Stage one between Gungahlin and City, while the ACT Government investigates potential future extensions of the light rail network. Arup has also recently been appointed as the Technical Advisor for Stage one of Canberra Light Rail.

For more information visit Information on the current work being undertaken on Stage 1 of Capital Metro (Gungahlin to city centre) can be found at