LIGHT RAIL OPENS IN THE HEART OF SYDNEY

14 December 2019

Passenger services are now running between Circular Quay and Randwick on the CBD and South East Light Rail.

The first public passengers were welcomed on board a tram just after 10am on Saturday morning, 14 December, departing from Circular Quay before rolling down George Street and onwards through Surry Hills, Moore Park and on to Randwick.

The trip marked an historic moment for Sydney - the first passenger tram journey down George Street in 61 years.  

George Street has been transformed into a 1.2km pedestrian boulevard between Hunter and Bathurst streets, replacing the former congestion of bus and car traffic.

Travel on the L2 line is fare free this weekend, giving customers plenty of time to come and have a try of the new light rail before regular services start on Monday 16 December with standard Opal fares.

If you are coming along this weekend, don’t forget to bring sun protection and water in case of lengthy queues, and consider avoiding busier times of the day in favour of late afternoon or even Sunday services.

With passenger services now operating, it’s more important than ever for the community to pay attention to safety messages around trams. 

Heads Up! Play It Safe Around Light Rail by ditching distraction and making sure drivers stay out of the tram corridor and don’t queue across intersections. 

The new network will move up to 13,500 commuters an hour during peak time, with one coupled tram holding 450 passengers, which is equivalent to nine standard buses. 

Transport for NSW has partnered with Rural Aid to raise funds to support regional communities and farmers. Volunteers are collecting donations along the light rail route this weekend.

Visit transportnsw.info to plan your trip.