Testing of the light rail vehicles (LRVs) commenced in June between Gungahlin Place and Nullarbor Avenue. Thus far testing has been undertaken at night to allow construction activities to be completed during the day. All elements of the light rail infrastructure and system are being tested including the LRVs, the track, signaling and passenger information systems.
As construction of the light rail in the Gungahlin area is nearing completion, the testing program will expand to include daytime activities commencing the week of 13 August. Daytime testing will also include practical driver training for light rail drivers as they prepare for the operational readiness and commencement of services.
Daytime testing is an exciting milestone with many more opportunities to see LRVs moving up and down the light rail system! At the same time, it is important for everyone in the community to be mindful of electronic traffic signage, the presence of traffic management personnel and moving LRVs at intersections and crossings.
What to expect?
- Daytime testing will initially take place between Gungahlin Place and Nullarbor Avenue, Monday to Friday.
- Testing activities will continue at night, as well as during the day in three shifts 5:00am to 1:00pm, 1:00pm to 9:00pm and 9:00pm to 5:00am.
- A minimum of two (2) LRVs will be on the tracks testing during the day.
- “T Lights” will regulate LRV movements at intersections. During testing, these will be operational, controlling traffic movements along Flemington Road intersections with Hinder Street, Kate Crace Street and Manning Clark Crescent.
- From mid-September onwards, more LRVs will be testing on the tracks and the testing area will be extending from Gungahlin to Mitchell.