Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) Testing Update 16 July

16 July

This week (15-21 July), LRVs 001, 002 and 004 will be testing between Nullarbor Avenue and Gungahlin Place. A temporary 'stabling' facility, which is where the vehicles are kept during the day, has been established just south of the Mapleton Avenue/Manning Clark Crescent intersection. This location will make it easier for the crew to commence testing in this area as the vehicles will already be there waiting for them. 

Importantly, it is anticipated that brake testing will take place on Thursday 19 July. Some noise may be heard from the brake testing as the vehicles are accelerated to 70 km/h before brakes are applied to bring the vehicle to a complete stop. Brake testing will take place between Nullarbor Avenue and Mapleton Avenue.


9 July 
This week (8-14 July) LRV001 will be the main focus of testing with 10km/h runs between Gungahlin Place and Nullarbor Avenue. LRV003 will head back to the depot later this week to undergo some more safety testing, whilst LRV002 emerges for the first time early next week.

This week our eighth and ninth LRV will arrive by truck from Port Kembla and early next week (15-21 July) high speed testing is expected to commence.


   The LRVs are currently being stabled just south of Manning Clark Crescent during the day.

2 July

After nearly a month of testing with our first light rail vehicle, known as 'LRV003', testing has now commenced with 'LRV001' which left the Light Rail Depot on Thursday last week to join its stablemate.

Currently, the two light rail vehicles are parked adjacent to our site-compound on Flemington Road, in Gungahlin, where they await their nightly rigorous Testing and Commissioning regime. 

Two light rail vehicles are now undergoing testing each night.

This week:
This week (1-7 July) LRV001 will undergo basic ‘static’ testing with only small movements between Kate Crace street and Manning Clark Crescent. LRV003 however, has been volunteered to participate in recovery training exercises with the Unimog, which, not unlike an NRMA service vehicle, provides ‘trackside’ repair, recovery and towing services for the light rail vehicles.

The Unimog provides and 'trackside' repair, recovery and towing service for the light rail vehicles.

Whilst testing of the vehicles is underway, it is important that you are Rail Ready. Safety is our main priority. Take a look at our Rail Ready resources for light rail safety tips and information

More information:
If you have any questions related to works in your local area or the wider project, please contact Canberra Metro:

Publish date:
15 July 2018
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