Better transport to keep Canberra moving as we grow
Canberra is one of the world’s most liveable cities, but it is also one of the fastest-growing communities in Australia. We’ve been making big investments in transport to prevent the traffic jams that disrupt other cities and ensure Canberra stays liveable as we grow. As well as making it easier to get around our city by public transport, we’re investing in better infrastructure for active travel so that more Canberrans can get active on their daily commute.
Delivering Stage 1 of light rail
Stage 1 of light rail is the largest infrastructure project ever delivered for Canberra. The line from Gungahlin to the City started taking passengers in April 2019 and is already proving to be hugely popular with commuters. Over 77,000 trips were recorded during its first week of operation alone.
5,000 people worked on light rail through the construction phase, and dozens more have ongoing operational roles. With Stage 1 complete, we are now turning our focus to delivering Stage 2 from the City to Woden.
Making public transport more convenient and accessible
We are delivering a faster and more convenient public transport system that provides a real alternative to the car, no matter where people live across Canberra. For the first time we are bringing light rail and rapid buses together in one network and linking this to active transport with more Park & Ride stops and better end-of-trip facilities.
In April 2019 we launched the new integrated public transport network with a month of free travel for all Canberrans. In addition to light rail, the new network delivers more buses more often, seamless ticketing between bus and light rail, 10 rapid routes between town centres, and upgraded interchanges. As the new network rolls out, we are continuing to add supporting facilities like Park & Ride carparks and bike lockers and cages at key destination points.
Supporting seniors with free public transport
Access to transport is important for helping older people stay active and social in our community. By delivering free public transport for seniors and concession card holders we are working to grow social inclusion and support Canberrans to live well as they age.
Since 2017 seniors and concession card holders have been able to travel on public transport for free in off-peak hours, which includes all day Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, as well as between 9am-4.30pm and after 6pm on weekdays.
Getting active while you travel
We’re coordinating the rollout of $30 million in additional priority footpath maintenance, cycling and walking route upgrades, and infrastructure to make our suburbs and town centres more age-friendly, so Canberrans can choose fun, safe and healthy ways to get to school, work or social outings.
In Belconnen we are improving cycling and walking connections into and around the Town Centre. The Belconnen Bikeway will connect the University of Canberra with the Belconnen Town Centre and revitalise the disused busway to connect Florey and Page. We’re also extending the Lake Ginninderra Circuit around the Belconnen Arts Centre with an overwater boardwalk.
In Woden we are delivering a new separated cycleway, verge improvements and widening cycle paths which were identified as priorities in the Woden Town Centre Master Plan. We’re also connecting Lyons to Weston Creek with a walking and cycling link along Heysen Street.
In Tuggeranong we are improving connections between Anketell Street, the Town Square and Lake Tuggeranong, grassing areas around the Tuggeranong Arts Centre and linking the Lakeside Leisure Centre with the Lake Tuggeranong shared path.
We’re investing in better infrastructure for active travel so that more Canberrans can get active on their daily commute.