Canberra's last light rail vehicle arrives
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Canberra's last light rail vehicle arrives

The last light rail vehicle has arrived in Canberra, as workers prepare to start testing the 40-tonne trams on the next stretch of track.

All of Canberra Metro's 14 trams are now in the city after the delivery on Wednesday, as the consortium pushes to have the project finished by the end of this year.

Canberra's new trams, waiting for action. All of the light rail vehicles have now arrived. 

Canberra's new trams, waiting for action. All of the light rail vehicles have now arrived. 

The first tram arrived in December last year under police escort and was swiftly vandalised.

It's understood none of the other vehicles have been targeted since.

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New photos show eight trams lined up at the stabling yard in Mitchell, while the others were inside the depot or out getting tested on the northernmost part of the track.

Eight of Canberra's light rail vehicles in the Mitchell stabling yard.

Eight of Canberra's light rail vehicles in the Mitchell stabling yard.

That testing will move south around mid-October, with light rail vehicles to run from the Mitchell depot to Dickson between 8pm and 4.30am on weeknights.

Urgent out-of-hours works began this week to move topsoil from the site compound at Hinder Street in Gungahlin to the Northbourne Avenue median to allow the testing to take place.

Standard work hours have also been extended until October 31 to Monday to Saturday, 6am to 8pm, to enable landscaping and concreting works along the track.

“Canberrans can now expect to see more vehicles around Gungahlin, and very soon testing will start between Mitchell and Dickson," ACT Transport Minister Meegan Fitzharris said.

“The light rail vehicles and all of the infrastructure will continue to undergo rigorous testing over the coming months to ensure that technical and safety requirements are met."

Ms Fitzharris said drivers and pedestrians should be mindful more trams were on the move.

“As testing and commissioning continues safety remains the highest priority for the ACT government," she said.

“The vehicles can travel up to 70 kilometres per hour and weigh over 40 tonnes, so it’s really important to be alert and obey the road rules whenever you are near the tracks.”