Changes to Light Rail set to revitalise Randwick12 April 2016
Approved modifications to stops on the CBD & South East Light Rail route in Randwick will cement the future of High Cross Park and revitalise the High Street precinct, benefiting the Randwick community and health and education sector.
The proposed plans were announced in September 2015 and are part of a larger urban renewal plan to revitalise High Street, providing increased amenities, services and improved public space.
Acting CBD Coordinator General Steve Issa said the approved modifications were an important step towards the final design of the light rail.
“The Randwick terminus located along High Street will create a transport hub, providing better connections to bus stops, shops and services in the Randwick Town Centre and nearby hospitals and medical clinics,” Mr Issa said.
“In addition, we are moving the driver’s amenities out of High Cross Park and the electrical substation will be placed below ground within the park – this is great news for the war memorial in the park and will significantly reduce the impact to trees and will maintain the heritage significance of this peaceful park.
“Students and staff of University of NSW (UNSW) will further benefit from these changes as the UNSW High Street stop will move further north to provide two separate platforms rather than one, improving customer safety as well as reducing the operational impacts of light rail to sensitive research equipment.
“We are pleased that after collaboration with Randwick Council, Health Infrastructure and UNSW, a number of elements have been modified to further benefit the Randwick community and staff, students and visitors to both the university and the hospital.”
A number of additional design modifications are part of wider transport network changes including alterations to bus operations, such as the relocation of stops, and changes to local traffic conditions including local access and signalising intersections. These adjustments will mitigate the traffic changes during construction and will accommodate the light rail once in operation.
Community members, government agencies and other stakeholders will continue to be consulted with as construction progresses.
The CBD and South East Light Rail will run from Circular Quay to Randwick and Kingsford and will offer high frequency ‘turn up and go’ services up to every four minutes in the peak.
*Photo: Randwick City Council