Lighting the way

Friday 21 Dec 2012

New images of HASSELL's $1.6bn Sydney Light Rail project for NSW Government

In a significant change to Sydney’s public transport landscape, the NSW Government has committed to delivering Light Rail from Randwick and Kingsford through the heart of the CBD to Circular Quay to reduce urban congestion.

HASSELL together with Arup and Aurecon are the engineering, light rail systems and urban design team commissioned by Transport for NSW to deliver this exciting new project.

The design challenge is to create a transport system befitting Australia’s global city, integrating the physical infrastructure into existing urban areas of distinctive character and significant heritage value to establish a sensitive and high-quality public domain.

The estimated $1.6 billion 12km light rail project will link Circular Quay and Central via George Street, the Moore Park sporting and entertainment precinct including the Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium, Randwick Racecourse, the University of NSW and Prince of Wales Hospital at Randwick.

Around 40% of George Street will be pedestrianised, between Bathurst Street and Hunter Street, for light rail - meaning 60% of George Street will still be accessible to private vehicles.

Light rail forms part of an integrated transport solution to fix congestion in the CBD which includes a redesigned bus network and train improvements outlined in Sydney’s Rail Future. Bus improvements to be rolled out include improved bus interchanges in the city, more cross-city Metro style routes, reconfigured bus stops and higher priority for buses to move people through the city faster.

The NSW Government will build light rail down George Street and to the south east as a single project to speed up delivery of this crucial infrastructure and save significant costs. Detailed work will now be undertaken to determine the final timetable for construction, which early analysis suggests will take five or six years. Work is expected to begin in 2014.

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