Plans submitted to raise London Circuit to make way for next stage of light rail | Canberra Times

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Plans for key works to enable the extension of Canberra’s light rail to Woden have been submitted to the National Capital Authority. The ACT government has submitted an application to the authority to erect the London Circuit and public consultation for the project has opened. The proposal would see the London Circuit raised by six meters to be in line with Commonwealth Avenue. The work would change the current split-level, overpass-underpass configuration to a level intersection. It will require 60,000 cubic meters of fill. The elevation of the London Circuit would allow the light rail to be extended from its current end point at Alinga Street to Commonwealth Avenue. The expansion to Commonwealth Avenue is the first phase of the ACT government’s planned expansion to Woden. Transport Minister Chris Steel said raising the London Circuit would make the area more pedestrian and cyclist friendly. “Raising the London Circuit is an important step towards providing light rail to Woden,” he said. “It will provide a crossroads with Commonwealth Avenue to support light rail and improve the connection between the city and the lake.” The project will transform the southern end of the CBD from an insurmountable crossroads into popular streets for pedestrians, cyclists and public transportation. “Early work is has already started on raising the London Circuit, where the government is moving various underground utilities from their current position on the London Circuit to a new alignment on Constitution Avenue, Vernon Circle and Edinburgh Avenue.The construction of the project is expected to start next year pending approval. comes after a recent audit report casts doubt on assumptions in the light rail stage 2A business case.The report found that the government’s business case for 2019 was dependent on so-called “transformation projects” “around the transport corridor. MORE ACT POLITICS NEWS: An updated business case should take into account Canberra passenger data and post-COVID commuting expectations, the audit suggested. The federal government signed environmental approval for the extension to Commonwealth Avenue, or Stage 2A, earlier this year. Stage 2A is jointly funded by the ACT and the Commonwealth, with the federal government providing $ 135 million to help build the light rail from Alinga Street. Plans for the project are on the National Capital Authority website. There will also be videos, maps and fact sheets about the project. The public will be able to comment on the project until 10 December. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the local community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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