Operation began in April 2019 and the subway now runs every six minutes during rush hour with 13 stops on the 12-kilometre journey from Gungahlin to the city along Flemington Road, Federal Highway and Northbourne Avenue. Canberra Light Rail Phase 1 was completed after three years, making it the city`s largest infrastructure project. The first phase, from Gungahlin to Civic, was carried out as part of a public-private partnership between Canberra Metro and the ACT Government consortium, made up of companies from CIMIC Group, Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors and UGL with partners John Holland, Mitsubishi Corporation, Aberdeen Infrastructure Investments and CAF. In September 2019, the ACT government approved the business case for the City to Commonwealth Park tram line (Stage 2A) and introduced 3 new stops on a 1.7 km extension. “Before embarking on this project, it is reasonable for ACT taxpayers to see the business case for such an important project.” This time, the Canberra Liberals called for a more precise revision of the draft. Román Garrido, Managing Director of CPB Contractors, said his team has focused on providing innovative design solutions and construction methods that offer better value for money, mitigate the impact on construction and improve tram operations. AUSTRALIA: With the construction of the first tram line in Canberra, which will begin next year, the Government of the Australian Territory of the Capital has launched a public consultation on a “clear, strategic and long-term” vision for future phases of the network. Stage 1 of metro Capital will be for 12. Canberra is expected to experience population growth of 396,000 to 500,000 by 2030 (an increase of more than 25%) and has the highest car dependency of any capital city in Australia. There seems to be a strong appetite for the city train, with over a million passengers using the gungahlin-Civic line during the first 3 months of operation.
The first stage also provided jobs for 5,000 construction workers. AUSTRALIA: The australian territorial government and the Canberra Metro consortium signed the PPP contract for the first phase of the Canberra tram project on 17 May. The financial statements are expected in the coming weeks, with the value of approximately AUD 710 million yet to be finalized. In October 2018, the Joint Standing Committee presented its report and recommended that the ACT government cooperate with the National Capital Authority (NCA) to ensure Commonwealth approval by amending the National Capital Plan. . . .