Building better transport
Keeping Canberra liveable
Investing in better transport is vital to protect Canberra’s liveability as we grow. Our public transport, active travel and road networks all play a part in moving Canberrans around quickly, safely and with the lowest possible impact on our environment.
We understand that the speed and ease of commuting makes a real difference for people’s quality of life. That’s why we are investing now to get the right infrastructure in place where growth is happening – preventing congestion before it builds up.
Getting on with Stage 2 of light rail to Woden
With Stage 1 of light rail to Gungahlin successfully up and running, we are turning our focus to delivering Stage 2 to Woden. Canberra needs a clean, fast and accessible public transport network to help keep our city moving as we grow, and Stage 2 will provide the southern spine for our integrated network.
Almost 210,000 people will be living within one kilometre of the Woden corridor by 2041. So this is an important investment we need to get on with now to deliver faster and better public transport for the 2020s and beyond.
Through this year’s Budget we will progress detailed design, planning and enabling works for Stage 2 of light rail from the City to Woden. This will include starting work on a new Woden Bus Interchange to integrate with light rail, to ensure the project keeps moving ahead while we continue to engage with the Commonwealth Government and the Australian Parliament on the detailed route and approvals.
Better buses to support the new bus network
Through the Budget we are continuing to invest in Canberra’s new bus network by delivering 84 modern and fuel-efficient buses to improve accessibility and passenger comfort and increase reliability. The new buses will be added to the fleet on a rolling basis so that we have the option to transition to emerging types of low-emissions vehicles as the technology changes and improves.
Canberra’s new integrated public transport network commenced in April 2019, delivering 10 new Rapid routes connecting our town centres, seamless ticketing between bus and light rail, and upgraded interchanges.
Safer suburban roads and intersections
We are making it easier and safer to move around in the suburbs by upgrading key intersections across Canberra.
This includes the intersections at Southern Cross Drive and Starke Street in Holt; Belconnen Way and Springvale Drive in Hawker; Kent Street and Novar Street in Yarralumla; and Launceston Street and Irving Street in Phillip.
At the same time, we will duplicate the major arterial road between Belconnen and Gungahlin, upgrade the Monaro Highway in partnership with the Commonwealth Government, and continue planning to complete the duplication of Athllon Drive – all the way from Hindmarsh to Drakeford Drive.