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The Canberra Metro Construction Project

The Canberra Metro Construction Project

Client: John Holland & CPB JV

Asset Owner: ACT Government

Project description

The project scope involved civil infrastructure works supporting the JV. This included laying of new pipe, condition assessment, asset relocation and rehabilitation works for existing pipework, conduits and civils.

Killard construction work involved:

  • Storm water pipe laying – Southern section
  • Stormwater rehabilitation (Northern) with Cure-in-Place Pipe (CIPP) – Quick lock stainless steel patches into existing stormwater pipe
  • Fibreglass patching of electrical and telco conduits
  • General civil work – Intersection rebuilds, excavations
  • Condition assessment of stormwater network with CCTV
  • Laying of combined services route conduits (electrical & telco) across intersections during shutdowns-Night/W/end work

The Canberra light rail network, also known as Canberra Metro, is a light rail system serving the city of Canberra. The initial 12-kilometre line links the northern town centre of Gungahlin to the city centre (Civic) and has 13 stops. Services commenced on 20 April 2019. A stage 2 extension of the line south to the Woden Town Centre is currently being planned.
Design and construction costs for the project were budgeted at $707 million.

Plant type

5t – 29t Excavators, Non Destructive Dig Truck, Combo Jet Vac Truck, CCTV Camera Van, 3t Tippers, 9t Dump truck

Pipe size & length

Stormwater pipes laid DN150 PVC to DN750 Concrete. Approx. 4km

CIPP Liners for stormwater culverts DN675, DN1050, DN1200 & DN1500

Design and build dates

Oct 2017- Late 2019

Project value

$9 million

Roles and responsibilities

Killard – Construct, rehabilitate, asset relocation, condition assessment

Stakeholder liaison

By Project Management Personnel

Safety and environment

Safety incidents – nil

Environmental incidents – nil


This project demonstrated our ability as a civil construction company to conduct stormwater/sewer build & rehab as well as engage in a multifunctional role and work collaboratively with a tier 1 JV on a major project.

Our innovative solutions were world class leading, including the Quicklock pipe patching system with rubber seals, which was selected by the ACT Govt for its durability and longevity.

The iMPREG CIPP liner enabled existing assets under the track to be retained.

Our IBAK Orpheus 2 HD camera system was chosen for condition assessment work as the images recorded were of outstanding quality.

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