Next step towards providing new light rail for Sydney’s CBD

The NSW Government today announced the calling of tenders for a detailed transport study which will identify the preferred route for the CBD light rail link.

The study will:

  • Make a recommendation of the preferred alignment and consider traffic modelling around the preferred route; and
  • Consider potential impacts of changing transport patterns across the CBD, including future demand in areas such as Barangaroo and Walsh Bay.

Earlier this year, Premier Kristina Keneally announced the $50.2 billion Metropolitan Transport Plan, which includes a light rail extension through the CBD. This will provide transport for key city growth areas such as Barangaroo, the King Street Wharf financial precinct, the Walsh Bay entertainment precinct and The Rocks.

Acting Minister for Transport, David Borger, said the Government is taking the next step in delivery of a $500 million light rail system for Sydney. “Through light rail, we will deliver new transport links and infrastructure for the people of Sydney.

“That said, introducing a brand new mode of transport in the city centre needs to be done properly, with careful consideration of traffic and other implications.

“That’s why we are undertaking this study – to help determine the best route for the extension through the CBD from Haymarket to Circular Quay.”
The study will be overseen by the Transport NSW, in conjunction with the City of Sydney, who will work together to determine the best light rail option for the CBD.

A technical study currently being undertaken by GHD will help identify potential options for a light rail route through the CBD. The options are expected to include:

  • Sussex St alignment – from Central to Barangaroo to Circular Quay
  • George St alignment – from Central to Barangaroo via Circular Quay
  • a light rail loop using both George St and Sussex St

The GHD study will provide important technical input to the transport study.

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