Project status: In Progress

Have your say - Social and Economic Impact Assessment

The first major works associated with building light rail to Woden involves raising London Circuit to provide an at-grade intersection with Commonwealth Avenue. An Environmental Assessment is currently being undertaken for this project.

As part of this important process, a Socioeconomic Impact Assessment (SEIA) is underway to identify and evaluate social impacts of the project. The SEIA will also assist the ACT Government with developing strategies to enhance benefits and manage adverse impacts from the proposal, and we’d like to hear your thoughts.

Your feedback will also be utilised for the upcoming Environmental Assessment for the first section of light rail to Woden between the city and Commonwealth Park.

Complete survey here

What you have told us

In March 2021, we heard from 580 people at 15 light rail pop-up information sessions along the Stage 2 alignment from Civic through to Mawson. We provided the latest project update, proposed alignment and stop locations and listened to your comments and concerns with the aim of taking feedback to inform future design development engagement activities. We partnered with local coffee shops and businesses to encourage greater community participation

Key areas of interest included:

What we heard

To access the what we heard report, please visit: Publications and Fact Sheets - Light Rail to Woden

The ACT Government is working to make Canberra a more connected, sustainable and vibrant city. Building Stage 2 of light rail to Woden is an important step to deliver this. To learn more about the project check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Early works are expected to commence for Stage 2A (City to Commonwealth Park) before the end of 2021. Planning and works approvals are also planned to be lodged with the National Capital Authority in the third quarter of this year. View the indicative timeline for more information about the next steps for the project.

How to have YourSay:

We are continuing to engage with local businesses, government agencies and the community as we develop the project design and approvals documentation. We want to hear from local community members, business owners, workers and visitors who live along, work along or regularly access the project area between the City and Commonwealth Park. Providing the right information at the right time will help communities and businesses better prepare for construction.

Getting a thorough understanding of local concerns but also opportunities will help us reduce impacts where possible, maximise benefits and support effective planning for disruption associated with the construction of this project. Community information sessions are being planned for July - August.

Sign up and receive updates on engagement times and locations: Virtual Room - Light Rail to Woden (act.gov.au)

About the next stage of Canberra's Light Rail

The ACT Government is planning, constructing and operating light rail today to Keep Canberra Moving, ensuring the community is well-connected and can continue to move around our city easily. This means getting on with the planning, site investigations, environmental studies, design development and approvals.

Light Rail stage 2 to Woden, will add 12 new stops to the light rail network and connect passengers to more than 50 hotels, 5 education institutions, 10 retails and entertainment precinct, 11 cultural institutions and 20 employment centres. It is expected to move up to 39,000 people every day.

Previous engagement activities:

We are looking at:

Check out the Light Rail Stage 2A route via the flythrough video, or explore the City to Woden light rail project in more detail below.

We will use your views to:

Community and stakeholder views will inform the development of project designs, and planning for the construction and operation of the expanded light rail network.

These outcomes will then inform:

  • The Environmental Approvals processes
  • Development Application for City to Commonwealth Park
  • The Works Approvals for City to Commonwealth Park, and
  • The Environmental Impact Assessment for Commonwealth Park to Woden.
Conversations with the community are ongoing in relation to the light rail project, from design to construction and operation.

While we undertake ongoing public consultation, we continue to operate and plan the north-south spine of the light rail network from Gungahlin to Woden. We are monitoring, listening and learning from the:

  • Passenger experiences and boardings on the Gungahlin to City route;
  • Experiences of construction on the Gungahlin to City route;
  • Commonwealth Inquiry into City to Woden route
  • Outcomes of the Environmental Referral from the Department of Environment and Energy
  • Technical studies on Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, State Circle East and Yarra Glen
  • Ongoing engagement with the National Capital Authority
  • Community discussions on a future Woden Interchange
  • Insights from businesses along the City to Woden route
  • Engagement along the City to Woden route with Community Councils, stakeholder groups and the community, and
  • Experiences of major infrastructure delivery throughout Australia as part of the Next Generation Engagement Project through the Australian National University