Light rail 2A approvals: all the documents

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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.

Environmental Assessment

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.pdf

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

Planning report

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.

Planning Report.pdf

Plans and drawings

If you’re visually inclined, some of these look a little dense, but it’s worth poring over.

General – General Arrangement.pdfEffectively, 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.pdfSimilar to the document above, but with more detail about the public domain finishes (pavement treatments, etc).
Public Domain – Materials and Furniture.pdfSome 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.pdfDefinitely 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.pdfWhat they’re doing with the existing trees in the corridor.
Architecture – Bridges.pdfSome nice renders of the bridge over Parkes Way
Architecture – Signage and Wayfinding.pdfA delightful document. The signs they’ll install at each stop. Based on the existing (and excellent) signage on the Gungahlin line.
Architecture – Stop Design.pdfDetailed 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.

Access and Mobility Report.pdf

Civil – General Arrangement.pdf
Civil – Lighting.pdf
CPTED Report.pdf

Water Sensitive Urban Design Report.pdf