Sunday 18th Nov, 2018

A century later, Canberra gets its first tram

CAF tram arriving in Canberra. Photo: Canberra Metro

106 years after Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin called for a tram network as part of their master plan for Canberra, the Australian capital has welcomed the arrival of its first light rail vehicle.

The first of fourteen vehicles for the new Canberra Metro light rail line arrived this week, after leaving Spain in October.

Spanish manufacturer CAF is delivering the fleet for Canberra Metro, as part of the Canberra Metro Consortium.

Each of the trams will be made up of five modules, based off of CAF’s Urbos model – the same model used in Sydney’s existing light rail line.

Boasting capacity for 207 passengers, the trams will include 12 priority seats, two wheelchair spaces, and will be equipped with on-board Wi-Fi as well as air conditioning and bicycle storage.

“Canberra’s LRVs will provide on-board safety and comfort, including CCTV recorded coverage, an integrated emergency communication help point system, and ergonomically designed seating and handrails to ensure secure supports are available to both standing and seated passengers,” ACT transport minister Meegan Fitzharris said.

“As we strive to become a more sustainable city, the LRV also meets the most demanding eco-design requirements, using the most efficient technology and lightweight materials.

“The ACT Government would like to thank all those involved in the transportation of the LRV, including NSW and ACT police, who ensured the transportation was done in a safe and secure manner.”

Canberra Metro, currently under construction, will be a 12-kilometre, 13-stop light rail line linking the northern district of Gungahlin with the city’s centre. Future plans include a number of other lines linking other parts of Canberra to the centre.

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