Capital Metro, Canberra

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Capital Metro (proposed)
Owner ACT Government
Locale Canberra
Transit type Light rail
Number of lines 1
Chief executive Emma Thomas (Project Director)
Operation will start 2019
System length 12 kilometres
Track gauge 1435
Route map
12 Gungahlin Northern Terminus
Flemington Rd Multiple stations
Federal Highway
Northbourne Avenue Multiple stations
0 Civic Southern Terminus
Vernon Circle

The Capital Metro is a planned light rail system serving Australia's national capital, Canberra. The project is currently in the procurement stages. The initial line is planned to link the northern suburb of Gungahlin to the city centre (Civic) and may continue from there to the nearby suburb of Russell.[1]


The construction of the light rail line was struck as part of a deal between ACT Labor, and the ACT Greens; following the result of the 2012 Australian Capital Territory Election, at which Labor required Greens support to form government.[2][3] In 2013/14 $5 million was allocated for early design work.[4] It is planned that construction will commence in 2016 with the line opening in 2019.[5]

In September 2014, the business case was approved by the government. The line will be built by a public private partnership.[6][7] Expressions of interest were received from the following consortia:[8]

In March 2015, the government announced that ACTivate and Canberra Metro had been selected to move on to the Request for Proposal stage of the procurement process.[9][10]

In February 2015, it was announced that the Federal Government had agreed to contribute $60 million to the project.[11]

In April 2015, opposition MLA Alistair Coe announced that the Liberal Party would cancel any contracts for the light rail if it won the 2016 election.[12]


The 12 kilometre line will have its northern terminus at Hibberson Street in Gungahlin, and follow Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue to the southern terminus between Alinga and Rudd Streets in the City Centre. Stations will be spaced approximately 750-1500 metres apart. Major stations are proposed for Gungahlin Town Centre, Dickson Town Centre, and Civic.[1]

The consortia participating in the Request for Proposal stage of the procurement process will also develop plans for an expanded route from the City Centre to Russell via London Circuit and Constitution Avenue. This additional 3.2 kilometre section is estimated to boost the patronage of the line by more than 30%. The government will evaluate the proposals and then decide whether to proceed with the expanded route.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Capital Metro Light Rail Project to be delivered through Canberra’s first large-scale private partnership" Katy Gallagher ACT Chief Minister 21 September 2012
  2. ^ "Parliamentary Agreement for the 8th Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory" ACT Greens 2 November 2012
  3. ^ Canberrans not completely on board light rail project: poll Canberra Times 3 August 2014
  4. ^ "Canberra light rail funding included in budget". Railway Gazette International. 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  5. ^ ACT light rail industry briefing Australasian Bus & Coach 18 September 2014
  6. ^ A Public Private Partnership for Canberra Metro Capital Metro
  7. ^ Canberra light rail project moves ahead after business case approved ABC News 16 September 2014
  8. ^ Carter, Mark (24 December 2014). "Bidders line up for Canberra LRT tender". International Railway Journal. 
  9. ^ Barrow, Keith (19 March 2015). "Two bidders shortlisted for Canberra LRT". International Railway Journal. 
  10. ^ "Preferred consortia announced for light rail project". ACT Government. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  11. ^ Commonwealth Scheme to Support Capital Metro ACT Government 19 February 2015
  12. ^ "Light rail contract 'will be torn up' if the Canberra Liberals win 2016 ACT election". ABC News. 15 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  13. ^ Carter, Mark (9 February 2015). "Canberra expands light rail project". International Railway Journal.