Working near the Light Rail?

Due to the additional hazards that exist when working in and around the Light Rail Corridor, a permit must be submitted to Canberra Metro Operations, and authorisation received, prior to the commencement of works. This includes filming and photography at a stop or on board an LRV. Noting: at the Alinga or Gungahlin terminus this area is extended to the kerb. This document contains more detailed information about the Hazard Zone that represents the safe boundary of the rail corridor, the types of activities that require a permit, and information about how to apply for a permit.

Please see this example of a partial Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) document, which serves as a resource for anyone seeking to develop applications by addressing any uncertainties regarding SWMS requirements. This document offers clear insights into crucial safety protocols, outlining step-by-step procedures to ensure the utmost safety in various work environments. By referencing this SWMS example, permit applicants can effectively mitigate risks, enhance workplace safety, and streamline their application processes with confidence and clarity. Once a permit has been submitted to Canberra Metro Operations you will receive a response within two business days. Please note that a permit can take up to 14 days to process.

The Hazard Zone represents the safe boundary of the Rail Corridor. Crossing over the boundary could lead to a major safety risk, such as collision with a LRV or electrocution. It is defined as 2m from the nearest rail up to 3m in height, and 3m from the nearest rail above this height to ensure safety around the over head lines (as shown in the figure below). The Hazard Zone also extends below the ground. Where there is more than one track, the area between the tracks is also considered to be within the Hazard Zone.

Hazard Zone

Please click the following button to apply for a Permit to Work:
Apply for a Permit to Work

For any further information please contact Canberra Metro Operations at


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