Light rail construction moving on

2 July 2018

ALTRAC Light Rail (ALTRAC), the consortium designing, building, operating and maintaining the CBD and South East Light Rail, has confirmed barrier removal or reduction will start in the coming months, taking the project one step closer to the start of operations for the community and businesses.

ALTRAC Chief Executive Officer, Glenn Bentley, said now that utility work (in the track area) and track installation is substantially complete residents and businesses will notice changes in their areas as civil construction progresses towards completion and work begins to focus on systems installation.

“The construction team has laid track in 29 of the 31 zones and with around four kilometres left to be laid across the route, track installation will be complete in September,” Mr Bentley said.

“We will have civil construction substantially completed by the end of 2018.

“The community and businesses in the City and Surry Hills will notice barriers removed or barrier footprints and zones reduced by November, with zones in Moore Park and Randwick by December and Randwick and Kensington/Kingsford in early 2019.

“Where possible, zones may be opened sooner than these dates. There will still be localised barriers around stops and while paving and cabling work is undertaken.”

The systems, signalling, cabling and stop fit out, will start in each zone as the substantial civil construction work is completed. This work is localised and involves smaller zones, less noise and reduced barrier zones for shorter periods of time.

“Once the systems work is complete, we will energise the line to continue testing and commissioning of the system and the light rail vehicles,” Mr Bentley confirmed.

Mr Bentley said construction of the light rail had been delayed by complex under-road utilities and other challenges, but these were being managed as quickly as possible.

“We are making good progress with seven light rail stops already under construction in the city’s north, Randwick and Moore Park. Light rail testing is underway and will continue as each of the 60 light rail vehicles arrive,” he said.

“We will continue to keep businesses and residents informed about progress and changes in their area.”

Barrier removal completion dates

Precinct Barrier removal completion date
 CBD North (zones 1-7)  By November 2018
 CBD South (zones 8-12)  By January 2019
 Surry Hills and Moore Park (zones 13-21)  By November 2018
 Randwick (zones 20-26)  By February 2019
 Kingsford/Kensington (zones 28-31)  By February 2019