Canberra CBD to north corridor

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Canberra CBD to north transport corridor congestion
Priority Initiative
Infrastructure Category
Proposed By
ACT Government
Medium term (5-10 years)
Canberra, ACT
Canberra CBD to north corridor


The corridor from Canberra’s CBD to north is experiencing growing congestion. This congestion is being caused by limited road and public transport capacity and increasing travel demand as a result of major population growth in the corridor.

The 2015 Australian Infrastructure Audit shows the cost of delay on greater Canberra’s urban transport network was $0.2 billion in 2011 and is projected to increase to $0.7 billion in 2031. Further, the Audit shows that, in the absence of additional public transport capacity, significant projected population growth in the CBD to north corridor will lead to demand for public transport outstripping available supply.

Proposed initiative

The initiative proposes several measures to alleviate congestion in the Canberra CBD to north corridor, including the light rail between Gungahlin and Canberra’s CBD (now under construction), improvements to bus connectivity and reliability, and capacity improvements for a number of arterial roads.

Next steps

Proponent to identify initiatives and develop options (Stage 2 of Infrastructure Australia’s Assessment Framework).

Construction of light rail between Gungahlin and Canberra CBD is underway.