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Inner West Light Rail Extension

Project profile

The Inner West Light Rail Extension is the first step in the NSW Government’s plans to extend light rail in Sydney. The 5.6 kilometre addition to Sydney’s light rail network runs along the former Rozelle freight rail corridor, adding nine new light rail stops between Lilyfield and Dulwich Hill.

Status 

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian opened the Inner West Light Rail Extension on Thursday 27 March 2014, delivering on the NSW Government’s commitment to build new major transport projects for customers. Click here to read the full media release.

Although services have commenced, customers can expect to see some minor work continue around the stops to provide easier access.

Scope of works

The project included:

  • a 5.6 kilometre extension of the light rail from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill
  • nine new light rail stops: Leichhardt North, Hawthorne, Marion, Taverners Hill, Lewisham West, Waratah Mills, Arlington, Dulwich Grove and Dulwich Hill
  • procurement of 12 new light rail vehicles
  • construction of three new sub-stations to supply power to the light rail vehicles
  • installation of power, safety, communications and signalling systems
  • real-time passenger information at the new and existing stops
  • new access paths and facilities for changing between transport modes
  • kiss and ride parking and dedicated accessible parking spaces
  • measures to protect wildlife habitat and native vegetation along the rail corridor
  • expansion of the existing light rail stabling facility in Pyrmont and construction of new stabling facilities at the former Rozelle Goods Yard.

Benefits

The Inner West Light Rail Extension will:

  • improve access to public transport and connections between where people live, work and visit
  • provide new connections to surrounding shopping and entertainment districts such as the Sydney Fish Markets, Star City, Paddy’s Markets, Capitol Square and Leichhardt Marketplace
  • allow passengers to easily change between light rail, bus and bicycle, as well as trains at Lewisham and Dulwich Hill
  • enhance local access and amenity along the disused freight rail corridor
  • encourage sustainable and healthy travel options.

Light rail maps

Please click on the links below for a map of Sydney’s light rail network and a detailed map showing the new Inner West Extension and the location of the nine new light rail stops.

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Environmental management

Environmental Management Plan

An Environment Management Plan was developed specifically for the Inner West Light Rail Extension project in accordance with the Conditions of Approval, all relevant Acts and Regulations and accepted best practice management. The following environmental issues are addressed in the plan:

  • construction compounds and ancillary facilities management
  • construction noise and vibration
  • construction traffic
  • flora and fauna management
  • earthworks and water quality management
  • heritage management
  • air quality and dust management
  • waste management.

These documents are available on request.

Environmental Representative

An Environmental Representative was appointed to the project. The role of the Environmental Representative included reviewing the contractor's environmental management documents, performing site inspections and environmental performance auditing to ensure work was undertaken in accordance with the Conditions of Approval and requirements of the Environment Management Plan.  The Environmental Representative is independent of the design and construction personnel.

Biodiversity

There was some vegetation removal associated with the Inner West Light Rail Extension project. Prior to any vegetation being removed, an ecologist undertook a preclearance survey for endangered or threatened species.

A Revegetation and Biodiversity Compensation and Monitoring Package was developed in consultation with key stakeholders including the Office of Environment and Heritage, Councils, the GreenWay Sustainability Project, the GreenWay Steering Committee and the Inner West Environment Group.

The Package included details of measures used to facilitate fauna movements and to compensate for vegetation loss. It also included measures for the management, protection and monitoring of any compensatory sites.

Operational Noise and Vibration

As part of the project’s Conditions of Approval, an Operational Noise and Vibration Compliance Assessment has been undertaken for the Inner West Light Rail Extension project. 

The purpose of this assessment is to confirm the predictions of the noise modelling (Operational Noise and Vibration Review) undertaken during the detailed design stage of the project, by examining whether the noise criteria specified in the Conditions of Approval have been met.

The Operational Noise and Vibration Compliance Assessment is available below.

IWLRE Operational Noise and Vibration Compliance Assessment Report – 29 September 2014 (pdf 3.9MB)

Compliance Reporting

The project reports quarterly on compliance against the project's conditions of approval through our compliance reporting system. Construction compliance reports are provided every six months to the Department of Planning & Infrastructure.

IWLRE Construction Compliance Report Nov 2012 to May 2013 (pdf 430KB)

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Planning approval

Following consideration of an Environmental Assessment, Submissions Report and Statement of Commitments, the Inner West Light Rail Extension was approved by the Minister for Planning on 16 February 2011, under Part 3A of the Environment Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

All works for the Inner West Light Rail Extension are to be undertaken in accordance with Conditions of Approval that have been set for the project and any additional requirements set by other determining authorities.

The Conditions of Approval include stringent monitoring and compliance requirements for construction. They also provide clear guidance on the processes required for community liaison and environmental management.

Documents that apply to the planning approval can be accessed below.

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Last updated: 24 October 2016

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