Canberra’s first light rail vehicle arrived in the city under police escort early yesterday morning after a seven-week trip by road and ship from the factory in Spain.
The vehicle will be able to carry up to 207 passengers on Stage 1 of Canberra’s light rail network, with seating for 66 people, two spaces for wheelchairs and two bike areas which can hold a total of four bikes.
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr inspected the vehicle during a visit to Spain in October prior to it being transported by road to the Port in Santander and then on the HOEGH BERLIN ship for its journey to Canberra.
“It is exciting to see Canberra Metro deliver the first of 14 vehicles for the project. It’s a nice Christmas present for the city,” said ACT Transport Minister Meegan Fitzharris.
“This is another milestone for the project, and I hope Canberrans are starting to get excited about how light rail will deliver better public transport in this city.
“I would like to thank Canberra Metro and all those involved in the transportation of the vehicle, including NSW and ACT police, who ensured the transportation was done in a safe and secure manner.”
The light rail vehicle has a maximum service speed of 70 kilometres an hour and has a pedestrian protection system to help remove the risk of a pedestrian passing under the wheels.
Passenger features include:
- Saloon and cab air conditioning designed specifically for Canberra’s climate
- Passenger Audio and Visual Information Systems including a Public Address System, exterior and interior LED displays and hearing loops (specialised transmitters) for the hearing impaired
- Closed circuit TV surveillance
- WIFI system for passenger use
Below is a video of the light rail vehicle’s arrival in Australia.