17 January 2020

Night works to disrupt light rail services

| Ian Bushnell
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Light rail services between Dickson and Gungahlin will be affected. Photo: File.

Maintenance work will disrupt evening light rail services between Dickson and Gungahlin later this month and commuters will need to transfer to buses.

Canberra Metro will start two weeks of night works from Monday, 20 January but the first week will not affect commuters with works scheduled to commence after the last evening service.

But there will be changes from Sunday, 26 January for five consecutive nights to Thursday, 30 January, when Transport Canberra bus services will replace evening light rail services between Dickson and Gungahlin from 8:00 pm.

The work, involving grinding and welding, will be noisy and take place near Exhibition Park in Canberra, Mitchell and also between Manning Clark Crescent and Kate Crace Street, Gungahlin.

In the second week, the works will continue throughout the evening and into the early morning, and are expected to be completed by 6:00 am on Friday, 31 January.

Transport Canberra says light rail services will operate as normal at the start of each day commencing from 6:00 am, but from 8:00 pm each evening buses will replace light rail services in both directions from Dickson Interchange to Gungahlin Place.

Commuters should use bus stops located near each light rail stop on Northbourne Avenue and Flemington Road, with buses running every 15 minutes as per the light rail timetable.

They will not be required to tap on or off with their MyWay card.

All northbound light rail services leaving the city at Alinga Street after the 7:30 pm service will terminate at Dickson Interchange, and all southbound light rail services leaving Gungahlin Place after the 7:45 pm service will be replaced by buses, terminating at Dickson Interchange.

Light rail services will operate as normal between Dickson Interchange and Alinga Street in the city.

Transport Canberra says there will not be any detours for motorists, but the speed limit on Flemington Road will be reduced to 40 km/h near the two worksites and the bicycle lane on Flemington Road will be closed during the evening works. Cyclists will be required to use the footpath.

The pedestrian crossing on Flemington Road between Manning Clark Crescent and Kate Crace Street, Gungahlin will be closed during the night works, and traffic control operators will be on-site to ensure the safety of all road users.

Signs will be in place to alert people to the night works.

“These night works will maintain the infrastructure at its highest standard, ensure light rail continues to operate at peak performance and make a smoother ride for customers,” Transport Canberra says.

It says Canberra Metro has strategies to minimise the noise where possible.

For more information visit www.transport.act.gov.au.

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ChrisinTurner5:15 pm 19 Jan 20

Has anyone asked why a new LR system requires such extensive maintenance already? What has failed?

the key word is maintenance. Would you rather they don’t do it?

And if you think that something of that scale can be built without issues the you are dreaming. Anything built usually needs maintenance.

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