Sydney’s CBD and South East Light Rail to open on 14 December 2019


The state government of New South Wales, Australia has announced that the CBD and South East Light Rail, a new light rail network in Sydney that runs on the L2 Randwick line, between Circular Quay and Randwick, will be opened to the public on 14 December 2019.

The new 12km network rail is expected to move up to 13,500 commuters an hour during peak time and will feature 19 stops.

The rail extends from Circular Quay along George Street to Central Station, through Surry Hills to Moore Park, followed by Kensington and Kingsford via Anzac Parade and Randwick via Alison Road and High Street.

The CBD and South East Light Rail project forms part of a wider Sydney Light Rail network, which is expected to play a key role in facilitating Sydney’s transport future.

The Sydney Light Rail network also comprises the Inner West Light Rail network, which is currently operating in both directions as L1 Dulwich Hill Line between Central Station and Dulwich Hill in Sydney’s West.

It is intended to provide transportation access between Sydney’s Inner West suburbs and Central, and between the CBD and Randwick or Kingsford in the South Eastern suburbs.

In addition to L2 Randwick Line, the CBD & South East Light Rail network comprises L3 Kingsford Line, which is scheduled to operate in both directions between Circular Quay and Juniors Kingsford via Central Station.

Planned to be commissioned in March 2020, the L3 Kingsford Line will add five additional stops between Moore Park and Kingsford at Nine Ways.

The L3 and L2 lines, together with the existing L1 Dulwich Hill Line, form an integrated 24.7km network of energy-efficient light rail services.

Recently, the state government of New South Wales has finalised a public-private partnership (PPP) contract with the Northwest Rapid Transit (NRT) consortium to extend the Sydney Metro rail project in Australia.

The NRT consortium comprises MTR Corporation, John Holland, CPB Contractors, UGL Rail and Plenary Group.

A part of the next stage of the Sydney Metro project, the A$3.7bn ($2.5bn) extension contract involves A$1.7bn ($1.15bn) for new metro trains and core rail systems.

Image: The Sydney’s new light rail will soon start passenger services on the L2 Randwick line. Photo: courtesy of Transport for NSW.

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