16 February 2024

Light rail services back up and running following electrical incident

| Claire Fenwicke
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Sandford Street light rail stop

An electrical incident had halted all light rail services earlier today. Photo: John Mikita.

Workers have swiftly returned light rail services to operation after an incident impacted the entire network this morning (16 February).

Canberra Metro put out a social media alert at about 6 am stating there had been a problem.

“Due to an incident on the network, buses will be replacing all light rail services. Thank you for your patience,” it stated.

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A Transport Canberra spokesperson confirmed a track sweeper had crashed into light rail infrastructure near Nullabor Avenue, which resulted in the loss of power.

“Technicians worked quickly to return power so that light rail services could commence for the day,” they said.

By 7:15 am, everything was back up and running, meaning those extra bus services were no longer needed.

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Is it back on 100%. I heard they were speed limiting it to 70km/h and its taking much longer than the bus replacements.

Light rail max speed has always been 70kph…

GrumpyGrandpa1:35 pm 16 Feb 24

It does show the limitations of any public transport system that is based on a fixed on a fixed line.

Some years ago when the government was establishing the fire station on Tharwa Drive, they needed to close off the road for a number of days to run drainage under the road, meaning that Woodcock Drive was the only real road, in and out of Lanyon. I was travelling to Lanyon Market place and my bus driver had no choice but to inch forward, seemingly one inch at a time. I arrived an hour late. 😏.

While disruptions to LR are rare, it does highlight the consequences of a major incident, such as a fatality on the line. LR would cease to operate for many hours.

Thankfully, there buses can be used as support.

It does however make me wonder about the wisdom of unprotected intersections. Boomgates to seperate LR and motorists at intersections would be a lot safer. Drive through any country town and you’ll see the boomgates down, as the train approaches or where gates don’t exist, traffic lights flash and bells sound.

Capital Retro8:49 am 16 Feb 24

I hope the street sweeper wasn’t seriously injured.

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