Constructions began on an additional light rail stop in Mitchell on Friday, less than two years after the service was launched.

The stop at the corner of Flemington Road and Sandford Street is expected to take seven months for completion.

Transport Minister Chris Steel said there will be disruptions between 10th – 23rd January for services running from Gungahlin to EPIC, while the works are carried out.

“There’ll be a further two weeks that will be closed with bus replacement in late February and into early March.”

“The rail replacement bus services will be free of charge for Canberrans who are inconvenienced by the construction of this additional stop,” Mr Steel said.

Despite only launching Canberra’s Light Rail service back in April 2019 the Transport Minister denies the Government got things wrong by not initially including the stop.

“We haven’t built the suburb of Kenny yet so this stop will serve that future population, so it is the right time.”

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The new stop is expected to add an additional 35 seconds travel time, with the journey between Gungahlin and the City to now take approximately 25 minutes 35 seconds.

Picture: Canberra Metro