CBD and South East light rail
Following feasibility investigations and consultation with key stakeholders, the NSW Government is proceeding with a new light rail line extending from Circular Quay along George Street to Central Station then to Kingsford via Anzac Parade and Randwick via Alison Road.
Scope of works
Key features of the project include:
- nine stops between Circular Quay and Central Station
- seven stops between Kingsford and Central Station, including the University of NSW at Anzac Parade and Moore Park
- seven stops between Central Station and Randwick, serving the Prince of Wales Hospital, University of NSW at Wansey Road, Randwick Racecourse and Moore Park
- interchanges located at major rail stations – Central Station, Town Hall, Wynyard and Circular Quay and bus interchanges at both Randwick and Kingsford
- pedestrian zone from Bathurst Street to Hunter Street with light rail operating through the centre
- segregated traffic and light rail lanes between Central Station and Bathurst Street and between Hunter Street and Circular Quay.
- space for 300 commuters on each 45 metre long light rail service – equivalent to five standard length buses
- reduced crowding and congestion
- buses freed up to service other destinations.
Faster, simpler, more reliable services
- 'turn up and go’ services every two to three minutes in peak times
- 97 per cent reliability
- services that are on time and fast
- real time information at all stops and on vehicles, showing route and stop locations
- simple to navigate
- effective wayfinding at stops and interchanges, to help you transfer to bus, ferry or heavy rail.
Urban renewal opportunities
- pedestrian friendly streets, open spaces and revitalised public areas
- reduced congestion at the heart of the CBD
- a more attractive, accessible environment for visitors, businesses and workers
- improved connections where people live, work and visit.
- integrated, electronic ticketing available at outlets or on-board
- light rail stops maximise accessibility, with multiple doors available to alight at your stop
- smooth, comfortable and quiet services, with air-conditioned vehicles
- safe, clean, accessible and comfortable environment.
Transport for NSW will now progress delivery of the CBD and South East light rail extensions in consultation with councils, business, industry and the community. This will involve seeking input into the development of detailed designs and publicly exhibiting environmental impact assessments and planning approval documents.
The project is estimated at approximately $1.6 billion.
Subject to planning approvals, work is expected to commence in 2014 and is expected to take five or six years to complete.
Once operational, the light rail extensions will be included in the NSW Government’s integrated Opal ticketing system.
We are committed to engaging the community and stakeholders from the planning phase through to the final delivery of the CBD and South East light rail extensions.
Transport for NSW will now progress delivery of the CBD and South East light rail extensions in consultation councils, business, industry and the community. This will involve seeking input into the development of detailed designs and publicly exhibiting environmental impact assessments and planning approval documents.
Community Information Sessions
In April 2013, Transport for NSW held community information sessions around the Surry Hills, Moore Park and Randwick area. Download a copy of the CBD and South East Light Rail Project information brochure (pdf 5.5MB). Dates of future community information sessions will be posted on our website.
Industry Briefing – April 2013
An industry briefing on the CBD and South East Light Rail project was held on 9 April 2013 as part of the project’s wider market sounding process. Download a copy of the CBD and South East Light Rail Industry Briefing presentation (pdf 1.5MB).