Young visitors get a sneak peek behind the barriers26 November 2017
A group of special young visitors dropped in to inspect track preparation on the Randwick terminus light rail site on High Street last Friday, getting a close up view of progress on this important section of track.
The children, from nearby Sydney Children’s Hospital, looked the part in their own hard hats and high-vis vests presented to the kids to help brighten their day and give them a taste of construction site life.
Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said it had been a privilege to invite the children and their families to the site and give them a small break from their daily routines.
“We hope the kids had a lovely adventure and enjoyed their special peek at construction, I know the crew were thrilled to welcome them on site,” Ms Prendergast said.
“High Street is a hive of activity at the moment so we wanted to show the children what’s going on behind the big orange barriers and exactly what’s involved in building such a big, complicated piece of infrastructure.”
Once complete, the light rail will support the community and people who need access to important services at the Randwick Hospitals Campus, while also forming part of the revitalisation of High Street Plaza.
So far, 100m of track has been laid on High Street and a further 100m is expected to be laid by the end of the year, as work to build the light rail progresses.
Dr Michael Brydon, Chief Executive of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network said the hospital team have been working closely with Transport for NSW throughout the light rail project and was pleased the project team could arrange this opportunity for some of the patients.
“Since construction started in April outside Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick the children have been eager to learn more so it’s great to see the hospital community involved today,” Dr Brydon said.
“We thank the light rail team for arranging this visit – this has brightened the children’s day and we think we may have a few more transport enthusiasts on board.”
Once operational, Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick, Prince of Wales Hospital, Prince of Wales Private Hospital, the Royal Hospital for Women, the Bright Alliance and medical centres will all be serviced by the light rail via the Randwick terminus on High Street.
The CBD and South East Light Rail will provide high frequency ‘turn up and go’ transport services running every eight minutes from Randwick and Kingsford between 7am and 7pm on weekdays.