Inner West Light Rail Extension proves popular

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today said an extra 20,000 customers had used light rail since the new Inner West Light Rail extension opened a week ago.

“I’m very pleased that one week since we opened the Inner West Light Rail extension the new services are proving very popular with customers,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“The NSW Government is delivering on its promises, and opening this major piece of public transport infrastructure shows we are listening to customers and providing them with the services they want.

“Since opening the nine brand new light rail stations and additional track, initial estimates show we’ve seen more than a 30 per cent increase in customer trips on light rail.

“I’m pleased so many customers have enthusiastically embraced the new transport option, and we will continue to monitor patronage.”

Ms Berejiklian said services are running between Central and Dulwich Hill during peak hours, and customers can hop on board from nine new stations Leichhardt North, Hawthorne, Marion, Taverners Hill, Lewisham West, Waratah Mills, Arlington, Dulwich Grove and Dulwich Hill.

“Under the turn-up-and-go schedule, customers don’t need a timetable, with services every 10 minutes in the peak and real-time information at stations,” she said.

“Apart from some very minor teething problems the first week has been a great success, and I’m pleased customers are not only keen to use the new services to commute to work, but also travel on the weekends.”

The NSW Government introduced four extra new-look leased vehicles to the service last Thursday, and 12 brand new light rail vehicles will also be gradually added to the fleet over the next 18 months.

Ms Berejiklian said three of the new modern vehicles had already arrived from Spain.

“We ordered these 12 new modern vehicles to meet demand into the future, and we expect the first of the vehicles will be introduced into service in coming months.”

Inner West Light Rail Extension proves popular (pdf 72KB)

3 April 2014