Take a bird's eye view of the light rail track in this new video
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Take a bird's eye view of the light rail track in this new video

You can't make the journey from Gungahlin to Civic by light rail just yet, but an aerial video is giving Canberrans a taste of what it will look like as the line nears completion.

The ACT government has just published a flyover video, filmed on August 12, showing progress on the light rail stage one route, which it says will be ready for its first passengers in December.

It shows the 12-kilometre journey from Gungahlin to Civic, along Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue. It begins above the Gungahlin town centre stop, showing just how far things have come since work began.

It's a trip that is set to take 24 minutes, with 13 stops along the line.

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Once it starts running, the Gungahlin to Civic route will be serviced by 14 light rail vehicles.

The first vehicles emerged for testing in the dead of night in June, and daytime testing got underway last month.

Authorities are expecting the tracks to be laid across the network and the overhead wiring required to power the trams to be completed along Northbourne Avenue this month. The last three trams are also expected to arrive in September.

Project director Meghan Oldfield warned the light rail vehicles were quiet and travelled at speeds up to 70km/h.

The light rail track has come a long way since it was first seen as a concept drawing, left, and work began at the Mitchell Depot.

The light rail track has come a long way since it was first seen as a concept drawing, left, and work began at the Mitchell Depot.Credit:Jamila Toderas and supplied

"You just need to make sure you cross at the designated crossings, follow the signals; you can't walk up and down the trackway," she said.

"You need to be just aware of your surroundings: don't cross the tracks with loud headphones on, pay attention to the people around you."

The first stage of light rail runs from Gungahlin to Civic.

The first stage of light rail runs from Gungahlin to Civic.

Specific "T" traffic lights for the light rail have been installed and Ms Oldfield warned Canberrans who tended to run red lights would face more risks.

The ACT government plans to link Civic and Woden in stage two of the light rail project, but it has threatened to pull the pin on those plans if forced to use the Kings Avenue bridge to travel across Lake Burley Griffin.