The CBD and South East Light Rail has reached an exciting new milestone, with the installation of overhead wires and the introduction of testing and commissioning of electrical systems and vehicles.
Before we can operate a new light rail system to a timetable and with passengers on board, we need to ensure that the system is fully functional and safe for public use. This takes many months prior to the operation of the first light rail service.
Testing and commissioning will be undertaken in sections across the alignment, before driver training and the full line is tested prior to operation.
Night-time tram testing has been extended to Wansey Road in Randwick during November 2018.
This is the first time testing is being conducted through an intersection, testing the traffic signals phasing at Darley and Alison roads to help ensure a good balance of movements for motorists, buses, pedestrians, cyclists and light rail.
In conjunction with this testing phase, Transport for NSW is reminding pedestrians, cyclists and road users to change their behaviour and keep safe around the new trams.
Night-time tram testing began in early 2018 with the first trams running along Alison Road in Randwick.
The first vehicle tests have been carried out at night with trams operating at low speeds.
When cycling along any of the intersections with tracks laid, the ongoing recommendation and safety message to cyclists, is to ride alongside the tracks in the kerbside lane.
To ride safely over tracks, approach them at an angle to reduce the risk of bike wheels getting trapped. If a crossing is too difficult to ride over, it is best to dismount and walk your bicycle.