Light rail project ramps up as Canberrans urged to allow additional travel time

Light rail project ramps up as Canberrans urged to allow additional travel time
Han Nguyen

Canberra’s light rail project will see the closure of a major Federal Highway intersection to all northbound traffic for two-and-a-half weeks from January 9.

Work on the intersection will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week  from January 9 to 25, in what looks to be the most extensive intersection closure to date.

Recent work on the Canberra light rail at Flemington Road. Recent work on the Canberra light rail at Flemington Road.  Photo: Rohan Thomson

No northbound traffic would be allowed on the Federal Highway from Phillip Avenue in Dickson north to the Flemington Road turn-off, a Transport Canberra and City Services spokesperson said.

Traffic travelling north from Canberra to Sydney will be detoured along Antill Street or Phillip Avenue.

Traffic travelling north to Gungahlin will be detoured via the Barton Highway and Randwick Road or Gungahlin Drive.

“All motorists travelling north towards Sydney will need to use alternate routes and follow the clearly-marked detours. Some delays may be expected,” the directorate said, asking motorists to follow detours and allow additional travel time.

The closure would also prevent right turns from the Federal Highway on to Flemington Road and traffic travelling southbound, towards the city on the Federal Highway would remain unaffected.

“This closure will enable vital work on the light rail project to progress safely at a time when the impact on traffic will be at a minimum.”

Detours would be in place to divert all traffic including buses, and traffic management would be in place throughout the works.

The directorate said pedestrian and cycle access would be maintained but there could be disruption to buses.

For more information on bus service updates visit www.transportcanberra.com.au and for more information on the road closure go to www.canberra-metro.com.au

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