18 February 2019

Ten intersections closed every night this week for light rail signal testing

| Glynis Quinlan
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Ten intersections will be closed every night this week to enable testing of the new light rail signalling system. File photo.

Ten intersections on Flemington Road, Federal Highway and Northbourne Avenue will close every night this week between 8 pm and 6 am to enable testing of the new light rail signalling system.

The closures began on 17 February and will occur every night until Saturday, 23 February. They will affect all southbound and northbound right-turning traffic, as well as traffic crossing through.

Canberra Metro said the tests are being carried out overnight to minimise disruption and in order to conduct them safely.

According to the organisation, diversions for motorists will be put in place and clearly sign-posted along the corridor.

The following intersections will be closed overnight until February 23:

  • Lysaght Street
  • Mitchell Resource Centre
  • Randwick Road
  • EPIC
  • Phillip Avenue
  • Swinden
  • Morphett and Murdoch Street
  • Macarthur-Wakefield Avenues
  • Masson-Girrahween Street
  • Elouera-Gould Street

There will also be a number of temporary closures this week at the remaining intersections along the light rail corridor between Mitchell and the City in order to give light rail vehicles priority to travel through. The intersections will be re-opened once they pass.

Construction work is continuing on the light rail corridor, with intersections to be affected by closures every night this week. Photo by Glynis Quinlan.

Canberra Metro said that light rail vehicles will always have priority at traffic lights, meaning the order of traffic light sequencing will vary for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

Motorists are being encouraged to plan ahead this week when travelling at night along the light rail corridor, with Canberra Metro saying it is important for the community to be aware, stay safe and obey the road rules as the environment changes around this corridor.

To see a map of the affected intersections or for more details please click here.


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Capital Retro9:24 pm 19 Feb 19

I drove through Canberra city on Northbourne Avenue very early this morning and had to wait for cross traffic to pass (red light) at Barry Drive.

The “thump, thump” noise of motor vehicles crossing the tram lines was very loud.

I wouldn’t like to be trying to get some sleep living in all those units planned for that area.

This post has attracted a heap of negative nancies who need to take a chill pill for a few moments.

I am looking forward to taking a ride in the new Tram, as am I looking forward to the Woden and Tuggeranong link, and the Belconnen link. Go Canberra Trams !

Tuggeranong link?
Yeah, and I’m dating Elle McPherson.

Capital Retro5:32 pm 18 Feb 19

Wouldn’t it be easier to say: “GO TO YOUR HOMES AND AWAIT INSTRUCTIONS”.

The fiasco is morphing into a farce.

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