30 August 2023

Raising London Circuit for light rail takes next step with Commonwealth Avenue diversion

| Claire Fenwicke
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London Circuit project

What London Circuit will look like once the project is completed. Images: ACT Government.

Expect some disruption to your commute from next week with the next stage of raising London Circuit to come into effect.

From 6 am on Monday (4 September), traffic heading north on Commonwealth Avenue will be diverted onto a temporary road over London Circuit, while traffic heading south towards the lake will be diverted onto the current northbound lane of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge over London Circuit.

Motorists have been told to expect “minor delays” as drivers adapt to the new arrangements.

There will be no impact on bus services.

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Commonwealth Avenue will be closed in both directions between Parkes Way and Vernon Circle from 8 pm Sunday (3 September) to 6 am Monday (4 September) to prepare the diversions.

During this closure, motorists heading north on Commonwealth Avenue can use Parkes Way westbound and the Edinburgh Avenue exit to get to the city centre.

Those driving south towards the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge can use Cooyong Street or Constitution Avenue (from Vernon Circle) to access Parkes Way via the Coranderrk Street roundabout, then access Commonwealth Avenue via the on-ramp.

map showing alternative routes for Commonwealth Avenue detour

The Commonwealth Avenue detours will begin from Monday (4 September). Photo: ACT Government.

The reduced speed limit on Commonwealth Avenue between Parkes Way and Vernon Circle will remain in place.

Two lanes of traffic in each direction on Commonwealth Avenue will be maintained during peak times and whenever possible to minimise disruption to road traffic.

Cyclists will also be diverted along cycling paths following the road lanes, while pedestrians will use a shared path along the temporary road on the western side of Commonwealth Avenue.

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More trucks are expected to be on the city’s roads carrying fill and other construction materials in and out of the London Circuit construction site.

Everyone has been urged to take extra care when driving, cycling or walking near the construction areas, especially near the site entrances on Commonwealth Avenue, and London Circuit at Edinburgh Avenue and Constitution Avenue.

More information on upcoming traffic changes and alternative travel options can be found online.

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