New bird's eye view of light rail progress20 December 2018
From the CBD to Sydney’s South East, new drone vision shows the Sydney Light Rail project is forging ahead with 100 per cent of concrete track slab installed, construction barriers significantly reduced, and construction of light rail stops progressing.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said it was great to see the progress made on civil construction for the CBD and South East Light Rail, with more barriers reduced over the last month.
“I’m really excited to see the CBD and South East Light Rail Project coming together. The opening up of George Street from Martin Place to the QVB has been enjoyed by both retailers and shoppers during the busy Christmas season,” Mr Constance said.
“It’s a great atmosphere for locals, workers and tourists. The popular light-up Christmas wreaths and other decorations have enhanced the festive feel of the area, and are being enjoyed by the tens of thousands of people walking through this busy part of the city every day.”
“Transport for NSW figures show that footfall on George Street increased by around 45 per cent from April 2015 to April 2018, and it’s even busier during the festive season.”
Along the alignment, all 19 new light rail stops are now under construction. Bronze canopies have been installed at the Royal Randwick and Wansey stops, and canopy installation is underway at Circular Quay and Moore Park.
Testing of light rail vehicles on Alison Road recently extended to Wansey Road where crews are testing light rail operation through an intersection, mixing with cars and pedestrians.
Transport for NSW Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said shoppers heading into the Sydney CBD for this year’s Boxing Day sales will also be gifted with extra space as the Market Street retail section opens its doors to pedestrians hoping to score a bargain.
“It’s going to be a frantic day with tens of thousands of people heading into the CBD so we’ll be opening up Market Street again like we did last year, with barriers in place to allow pedestrians to move comfortably and safely during the sales,” Ms Prendergast said.
“We strongly encourage shoppers to take the stress out of travelling during this busy time by taking advantage of the public transport options we have available running into and out of the city for a faster, easier and safer journey.”
From 7am to 11pm on Wednesday 26 December, shoppers in the busy CBD shopping precinct will be able to shop comfortably and safely when Market Street between Elizabeth Street and York Street is closed to general traffic.