Source: Australian Capital Territory – State Government
Light rail vehicle testing will begin along Northbourne Avenue and the Federal Highway today as construction nears completion on Canberra’s biggest infrastructure project.
All elements of the light rail infrastructure and system are being tested, including the light rail vehicles (LRVs), the track, signaling and passenger information systems.
“This is another huge milestone in the light rail project, and I’m sure many people will be excited to see LRVs starting to be tested closer to the city,” said Minister for Transport Meegan Fitzharris.
“The testing of LRVs along Northbourne Avenue and Federal Highway will give many more people the opportunity to see and experience LRVs travelling along the light rail track.
“Whilst this is an exciting time, it is important for everyone in the community to stay safe around light rail. Please cross the tracks only at intersections and designated crossings, look both ways before you cross the tracks and stay alert when walking and cycling around the light rail corridor – light rail vehicles are quiet and take longer to stop than other vehicles.
“When driving near the light rail, do not queue across intersections and wait for the path ahead to be clear before you drive across the tracks. Traffic light patterns at intersections are changing as the light rail integrates with the road network.
“I’d really encourage people to stay alert and pay close attention to traffic light signals, and not to risk it by running red lights.”
What to expect during testing:
- Testing of LRVs along Northbourne Avenue and Federal Highway will mostly take place between the hours of 5:00am and 9:00pm. Some limited LRV testing may take place between the hours of 9.00pm and 5.00am.
- Multiple LRVs may be operating in both directions.
- LRVs must wait until they have a white ‘go’ T-light signal before proceeding through intersections.
- Noise impacts will generally be low and limited to the ‘hum’ of the electric LRV plus the sound of the bell as LRVs pull into and leave stops. LRVs may also sound their horns if required.
- Testing along Northbourne Ave will start with the LRVs operating at low speed. Over time, testing speeds will increase until they achieve ‘line’ speed, which is the speed they will travel when the service is operating with passengers.
Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) and Canberra Metro are working hard to deliver Canberra’s light rail. We appreciate the continued patience of the public and the support of the Canberra community during this time.
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Section: Meegan Fitzharris, MLA | Media Releases