The first Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) to hit the tracks was towed out of the Depot in Mitchell on the evening of Monday 11 June. The project is now in the Testing and Commissioning phase, which will ensure the operational readiness of both the LRVs and the route.
Initially testing will happen in the northern section of the light rail route, between Mitchell and Gungahlin Place. Testing will take place at night with the LRV operating at low speeds. This will progress into daytime testing in the coming months, which will see construction fencing and barriers being gradually removed and LRV movements becoming more frequent. Learn more about the Testing and Commissioning phase.
The LRV has already been spotted during the day on the tracks along Flemington Road and over time, it will become an increasingly common sight. However, no passengers will be on board the LRV during the testing phase.
The light rail corridor is rapidly taking shape and it is important for all of us to be Rail Ready and stay safe in this new environment. Our light rail safety resources have important tips for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.
Staying safe around light rail is simple. Keep these few tips in mind:
- Never attempt to access the light rail corridor during the construction and testing period. While light rail stops may look complete, the project is still a construction zone and LRVs will not transport passengers until commencement of services.
- Keep flying objects such as drones and kites well away from the overhead wire. The overhead wire is LIVE and carries 750 volts of power. Keep away!
- It is prohibited to drive, walk or cycle along rail tracks.
- Always cross light rail tracks at designated pedestrian crossings and intersections. When cycling, crossing in a wheelchair or with a pram, cross the tracks at a right angle to avoid getting wheels stuck in the rail groove.
- LRVs are quiet, move quickly and take longer to stop than smaller vehicles. Avoid distractions like earphones or texting. Stay alert! LRVs can approach from either direction.
- In the event of an emergency, dial 000.