4 January 2023

Detours ahead: Summernats road closures and light rail changes announced

| Ian Bushnell
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The Summernats City Cruise will roll into Civic on Thursday. Photo: Peter Norton.

Road closures and changes to traffic arrangements and public transport have been announced as Summernats 35 prepares to roar into action from Thursday, starting with the City Cruise down Northbourne Avenue.

The annual car festival that attracts thousands of motoring enthusiasts from all over Australia will be held from Thursday, 5 January, to Sunday, 8 January, at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC).

Transport Canberra and City Services says traffic management and detour signs will be in place but warns delays can be expected and motorists should seek alternative routes.

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The City Cruise will roll into town from noon to 1 pm on Thursday, and sections of the Federal Highway and Northbourne Avenue will be subject to rolling closures from Flemington Road to the intersection of London Circuit and Northbourne Avenue, closing intersections as the cruise passes.

Light rail services will also be affected and not operate between the Alinga Street and Sandford Street stops from noon to 1 pm, but partial services will continue to operate between Gungahlin Place and Sandford Street.

The last full northbound service travelling from Alinga Street to Gungahlin Place will depart at 11:40 am and the first full service will resume at 1 pm. The last full southbound service travelling from Gungahlin Place to Alinga Street will depart at 11:40 am and the first full service will resume at 12:50 pm.

There will be more light rail services operating during Summernats from 6:30 pm to 11:30 pm on Friday, and from 8:30 am to noon and from 8 pm to 11:30 pm on Saturday.

The EPIC Park and Ride facility will be closed from 7 am Thursday until 7 pm Sunday.

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A number of Braddon streets will be closed to traffic for the Summernats Fringe Festival on Friday and Saturday from 4 pm to 11 pm.

Lonsdale Street will be closed between Cooyong Street and Girrahween Street, Mort Street will be closed between Cooyong Street and Girrahween Street, and Elouera Street will be closed between Northbourne Avenue and Torrens Street.

At EPIC, Flemington Road will be closed between the Federal Highway and Randwick Road from 7 am to midnight on Thursday, 7 am to 1 am on Friday and 7 am to 7 pm on Sunday.

Stirling Avenue will be closed between Knox Street and the Federal Highway from 10 am Thursday to 7 pm Sunday.

To learn more, visit the City Services website.

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Yep, I know what you mean! When that damned Floriade is on the traffic holdups, every day, on Commonwealth Avenue at the pedestrian traffic lights stretch from City Hill to Parliament House. Makes timing very tricky for getting to appointments and picking up kids from day care.

LR cancelled for an hour due to Summernats! What?
So much for a reliable service! It’s ironic that the government cancels the electric LR services to make way for a motor show of ICE powered cars!
When buses ran down Northbourne, the routes could be diverted.
Pretty annoying for anyone who intended to travel to appointments etc during this temporary closure of LR services.

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