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I stumbled upon this little site. It advocates introducing light rail to Canberra. www.actlightrail.info/

When I lived there, all we had to get around in was the ACTION bus network. It was either that, or drive.

Though I don't know if the ACT govt. will let this light rail system become reality.
 

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From Rail Journal:

http://www.railjournal.com/index.ph...-rail-receives-funding-boost.html?channel=542

Canberra light rail receives funding boost
Tuesday, June 03, 2014



CANBERRA's proposed 12.5km inaugural light rail line received a $A 21.3m ($US 19.8m) boost in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) budget which was announced on June 3, in an allocation the government says is designed to make the proposed public-private partnership project "investment ready."

Capital Metro will run north-south from Gozzard Street in Gungahlin to Civic in the heart of the city, and the ACT government expects to seek expressions of interest for construction and operation of the line in the first half of 2015. Construction is expected to commence in 2016.

The complete project is estimated to cost more than $A 600m, although the government did not update the expected price in the budget due to "commercial sensitivities."

$A 20m was also allocated in the budget to upgrade the Gungahlin – Civic corridor to prepare for the introduction of light rail by widening roads, upgrading road junctions, relocating utilities, drainage works and pedestrian improvements.

ACT treasurer Mr Andrew Barr says light rail is a key part of the territory's largest ever infrastructure spend of $A 2.5bn over four years, and could eventually serve the suburbs, Canberra Airport, and the City to the Lake development including a new convention centre and sports stadium.

Capital Metro is set to conduct a major industry briefing programme on procurement and design as well as finalise preliminary design and planning for the project in the next few months
 

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Canberra's $780m light rail line gets final go ahead, business case to be released


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-15/light-rail-project-for-canberra-moves-ahead/5744190?WT.ac=statenews_act

The business case for Canberra's light rail line to Gungahlin has received the government's final approval, the project set to cost up to $783 million.

Capital Metro Minister Simon Corbell told an industry briefing on Monday the project's final business case would be released as part of the public-private-partnership agreement process on October 31.

The business case will confirm if construction will begin in 2016, for services to start in 2019 or 2020.

The confirmation of the project and its expected price tag comes just days after Chief Minister Katy Gallagher said the government would delay major elements of its $2.5 billion infrastructure program to meet the expected costs of the Mr Fluffy loose-fill asbestos clean up.

More than 300 industry representatives attended the light rail briefing at the National Convention Centre on Monday.

Business consortia are expected to form expressions of interest proposals to build and operate the line for 20 years and contracts will be signed in mid-2016...

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From Rail Journal:

http://www.railjournal.com/index.ph...e-up-for-canberra-lrt-tender.html?channel=541

Bidders line up for Canberra LRT tender
Wednesday, December 24, 2014



THE government of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) says four private sector consortia have submitted formal expressions of interest for the Capital Metro light rail project in Canberra

The project has attracted interest from local, national and international companies, with the four prospective bidders comprising:
  • Canberra Metro - Pacific Partnerships, Mitsubishi Corporation, John Holland, CAF and DB International
  • ACTivate - Downer EDI Works, Plenary Origination, Bombardier, Keolis Downer and Keolis SA
  • Connecting Canberra - Capella Capital, TransDev, Alstom, and Acciona Infrastructure
  • CANGO - Macquarie Capital Group, Obrascon Huarte Lain, SMRT International, UGL, and Siemens
The project will be implemented as a public private partnership model, which the ACT government says will enable it to capitalise on the skills and knowledge of the private sector to deliver a world class light rail system.

A shortlist will now be selected to progress to the Request for Proposals (RFP) stage before a single private sector partner is engaged to design, construct and operate the 12km light rail line from the city centre to Gungahlin. The shortlist is due to be released by mid-2015, with selection of the winning consortium and the start of construction scheduled for 2016.

The capital cost of the project has been estimated at $A 610m, with the government including an additional $A 173m contingency in its calculations
 

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From Rail Journal:

http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/light-rail/canberra-expands-light-rail-project.html?channel=526

Canberra expands light rail project
Monday, February 09, 2015



THE government of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has announced that the option for an extension to the Capital Metro light rail network from Canberra city centre to the suburb of Russell will be included in the upcoming request for proposals for the first stage of the project

"The ACT government will ask consortia to include the extension as an option in their proposals following strong support from the ACT community and the local business industry," says ACT minister for Capital Metro Mr Simon Corbell. "A decision on the extension's viability can then be made based on detailed commercial costings."

Including the extension in the initial phase is expected to boost ridership by more than 30%, equivalent to an extra 5600 journeys per day

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From Rail Journal:

http://www.railjournal.com/index.ph...shortlisted-for-canberra-lrt.html?channel=541

Two bidders shortlisted for Canberra LRT
Thursday, March 19, 2015



THE Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government announced on March 17 that it has shortlisted two consortia to submit bids for the contract to design, build, and operate Canberra's Capital Metro light rail line

Four consortia submitted formal expressions of interest to the Capital Metro Agency for the public-private partnership last December and two of these, Canberra Metro and ACTivate will now go through the next stage of procurement, the request for proposal (RFP) stage

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I was looking the same stuf from last 2-3 days. Thanks for sharing it. Actually, i was searching it on web link - www(dot)nationmaster(dot)com/n/Australia/ACT/Canberra----Queanbeyan/City?loc=Canberra%2C+Australian+Capital+Territory%2C+Australia

Lots of stats based information is provided on the site. i really appreciate the admin to put together all the needed information in one website..... thanks !
 

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From Railway Gazette:

http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/...-consults-on-future-light-rail-expansion.html

Canberra consults on future light rail expansion
27 Oct 2015



AUSTRALIA: With construction of the first light rail line in Canberra scheduled to begin next year, the Australian Capital Territory Government has begun public consultation on a ‘clear, strategic and long-term’ vision for future phases of the network.

Stage 1 of the Capital Metro will run for 12 km from Alinga Street in the city centre to Gungahlin. This is intended to form the basis of a city-wide network.

Consultation is intended to assess whether future expansion should be based on serving commuters from across the wider Canberra area, or on intensifying public transport use close to major business, government and tourist locations

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From Rail Journal:

http://www.railjournal.com/index.ph...-lrt-gains-planning-approval.html?channel=541

Canberra LRT gains planning approval
Tuesday, December 22, 2015



CANBERRA Capital Metro minister Mr Simon Corbell announced on December 22 that the Australian Capital Territory has approved development applications for construction of the first phase of the city's light rail network

Construction is due to begin next year on the 12km 13-station north-south line from Gungahlin to the city centre via Flemington Road and Northborne Avenue. The line is due to open in 2019 or 2020

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From Railway Gazette:

http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/urban/single-view/view/canberra-light-rail-contractor-chosen.html

Canberra light rail contractor chosen
01 Feb 2016



AUSTRALIA: Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell announced on February 1 that the Canberra Metro consortium has been selected to build and operate the first stage of the planned light rail network.

The consortium comprises Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, John Holland, Mitsubishi Corp, Aberdeen Infrastructure Investments, Deutsche Bahn International and CAF. The final value of the PPP contract value will be confirmed upon signing, but is expected to be within 5% of the consortium’s bid of A$698m

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