CBD and South East Light Rail


Project overview

The CBD and South East Light Rail will connect passengers from Circular Quay through to Randwick and Kingsford on a reliable and higher capacity service.

Key benefits

  • A combined bus and light rail network will significantly improve public transport access to major sporting and entertainment facilities at Moore Park and Randwick along with the University of NSW, TAFE and health precincts.
  • Light rail will provide reliable, efficient, turn-up-and-go public transport, with services every four minutes between CBD and Moore Park, and every eight minutes to and from Randwick and Kingsford between 7am and 7pm.
  • Each vehicle will carry up to 450 people (up to nine standard buses) with a capacity of 13,500 passengers per hour (6,750 in each direction).
  • This project will generate $3 billion in economic benefit for NSW.

The CBD and South East Light Rail is a 12km route between Circular Quay, Randwick and Kingsford.

The stops are designed to service major transport hubs and create easy interchange points with buses, trains, ferries and the Inner West Light Rail.

Each Light Rail service will be able to carry around 450 passengers, which is as many as up to nine standard buses. During peak hours, 13,500 commuters will be able to travel each hour using the Light Rail.

With Sydney’s population set to increase by another million over the next 10 years, transport capacity needs to grow and flex. Sydney’s Light rail program is part of a plan to modernise and extend a safe, sustainable and reliable way to move people between the places they live, work and relax.

The CBD and South East Light Rail route

The 12km route will feature 19 stops, extending from Circular Quay along George Street to Central Station, through Surry Hills to Moore Park precinct which includes Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium. After this it will travel to Kensington and Kingsford via Anzac Parade, Alison Road and High Street to Randwick, taking in the race course, the University of NSW, and the Prince of Wales Hospital.

The CBD and South East Light Rail network diagram provides more detail for the route.

Project status

The CBD and South East Light Rail is expected to complete and begin service in 2019. 

The line will be designed, constructed, operated and maintained under a Public Private Partnership (PPP), which was awarded to the ALTRAC Light Rail Consortium.

Progress so far:

  • More than 8kms of track has been laid
  • The first wire-free track has been installed on George Street
  • The detailed final design of stops was unveiled in April 2017
  • Construction is now under way at Circular Quay for an improved all-transport interchange.

During construction details on closures and alternative routes can be found at www.mysydneycbd.com.au.

Project updates

If you would like to find out more about the CBD and South East Light Rail, please contact the Transport for NSW Project Infoline on 1800 684 490 or email Projects@transport.nsw.gov.au.