Sydney, Australia - Sydney’s CBD and South East Light Rail Project reached a major milestone recently with George Street open to pedestrians between King and Park Streets.
Sydney’s CBD and South East Light Rail Project reached a major milestone recently with the first of the site fencing taken down on George Street between King and Park Streets. The accelerated construction works have allowed the area to be opened for the Christmas shopping period and provided the public with a first look at the finished product, including updated amenities for pedestrians such as extra street furniture and over 40 new trees. This area of the project is a shared pedestrian zone and is also overhead wire free.
In another exciting milestone for the project, Surry Hills, Devonshire Street between Chalmers Street and Elizabeth Street has now partially opened, giving pedestrians more space while the area remains closed to traffic and finishing works are completed. Work in Zone 15 is progressing well and crews are working towards removing the barriers at the end of December.
The Randwick zone of the project is currently being prepared for the initial testing and commissioning of the new route and light rail vehicles.
The new light rail network is a 12km route, featuring 19 stops which extend from Circular Quay along George Street through to Central Station, through Surry Hills to Moore Park, then to Kensington and Kingsford via Anzac Parade and Randwick via Alison Road and High Street. High frequency services will operate up to every four minutes in each direction between the CBD and Moore Park and every eight minutes along the Randwick and Kingsford branch lines, and are expected to move up to 13,500 travellers in both directions between the hours of 7am and 7pm. The network will also feature a fleet of electric-powered, air-conditioned and accessible light rail vehicles.
Arcadis in association with APP Corporation, were appointed as Independent Certifiers on the project in 2014. As Independent Certifiers, we are responsible for reviewing and certifying the design, procurement, construction and commissioning of the light rail and its associated infrastructure as per the contract documentation outlined by the ALTRAC Light Rail Consortium, comprising of Transdev Sydney, Alstom Transport Australia and Acciona Infrastructure Australia.
The CBD and South East Light Rail will be completed and operating in 2019.
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