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The First Tram Has Run on Sydney's New CBD and South East Light Rail System

Night testing has started along a stretch of Alison Road in Randwick.
By Libby Curran
February 26, 2018
By Libby Curran
February 26, 2018

Construction on Sydney's new light rail system might be rolling out a little slower than hoped, but that hasn't stopped the NSW Government from kick-starting its testing phase, sending its first tram along a stretch of Alison Road in Randwick.

But you won't be able to ride it just yet. First up, there'll be a series of nighttime testing, with trams cruising the tracks at low speed to give engineers the chance to monitor performance and iron out any kinks. After a couple of months, the trial will be ramped up to include daytime runs.

"At the moment we are testing at night, but that will progress into the daylight hours, construction fencing and barriers will gradually be removed, so it is important for people to be mindful of tracks and stops and to remember trams may be moving around you," said Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance.

Once completed, the light rail system will feature a 12.7-kilometre route from Circular Quay to Randwick and Kingsford, with 19 stops along the way. It's slated to be up and running at some stage next year.

Published on February 26, 2018 by Libby Curran
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