There are two separate consultations going on for Light Rail Stage 2A, and PTCBR will be making submissions to both. We strongly encourage you to do the same!
As with all planning approvals, there is a lot of documentation. To help you wade through it all, we’re broken them down to help you find what you’re after.
National Capital Authority Works Approval
This is the Australian Government body responsible for ensuring that the project complies with the National Capital Plan, and consistent with Canberra’s role as the nation’s capital.
You should probably start here. This is a good summary of what the project involves, how they’ll build it, and how they’ll manage impacts.
PTCBR will be paying particular attention to the construction impacts on transport. If you’re interested in that, It’s worth looking at paras 6 (impacts during construction) and 7 (effects afterwards) of Appendix D
Environmental Assessment Appendix A – Project Plan.pdf
Environmental Assessment Appendix B – Consultation Report.pdf
Environmental Assessment Appendix C – Preliminary Environmental Risk Assessment.pdf
Environmental Assessment Appendix D -Traffic and Transport Impact Assessment.pdf
Environmental Assessment Appendix E – Heritage Impact Assessment.pdf
Environmental Assessment Appendix F – Contamination Assessment.pdf
Environmental Assessment Appendix G – Noise and Vibration Impact Assessment.pdf
Environmental Assessment Appendix H – Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment.pdf
Environmental Assessment Appendix I – Socioeconomic Impact Assessment.pdf
Environmental Assessment Appendix J – Greenhouse Gas Assessment.pdf
Environmental Assessment Appendix K – Climate and Natural Hazards Assessment.pdf
This talks a lot about the National Capital Plan requirements, particularly the role of the main avenues like Northbourne Ave, London Cct and Commonwealth Avenue.
Plans and drawings
If you’re visually inclined, some of these look a little dense, but it’s worth poring over.
|General – General Arrangement.pdf
|Effectively, the “blueprints”. They’re not pretty, but will tell you what they’re building.
Pages 1-8 show the route (from a birds-eye view) and pages 9-32 have cross-sections of the street, showing where the pedestrians, bikes, vehicles, LRVs and stops will go.
|Public Domain – Colour General Arrangement.pdf
|Similar to the document above, but with more detail about the public domain finishes (pavement treatments, etc).
|Public Domain – Materials and Furniture.pdf
|Some cool images of the public domain treatments they’re putting in. The LED traffic lights they’re putting in the pavement look fun (P-554).
|Public Domain – Planting Plans.pdf
|Definitely worth a read if you’re interested in the green track and tree arrangements. In short:
– Northbourne Square will have a native mix, with some big bushy deciduous zelkova “green vases”
– There will be London plane trees along London Circuit. Hay fever sufferers might have a thing or two to say about this.
– Commonwealth Avenue will have turf (including in the trackbed) and mix of deciduous trees (pin oak, cedar, Chinese elm), consistent with the NCA’s requirements to make things look grand and ceremonial.
See also the Environmental Assessment Appendix A – Project Plan for a simplified overview of the plantings.
|Public Domain – Tree Management.pdf
|What they’re doing with the existing trees in the corridor.
|Architecture – Bridges.pdf
|Some nice renders of the bridge over Parkes Way
|Architecture – Signage and Wayfinding.pdf
|A delightful document. The signs they’ll install at each stop. Based on the existing (and excellent) signage on the Gungahlin line.
|Architecture – Stop Design.pdf
|Detailed drawings of each stop. Again, based on the current design.
Other planning documents
These are probably less interesting to transport advocates. The Access and Mobility Report is important, but only brief, and concludes there will be step free access to each stop.
Hopefully they get the utilities right this time. Delays in installing utilities set back Stage 1 by several months, and caused even bigger problems in Sydney’s light rail down George St.