1.6 billion on light rail to reduce congestion

Light Rail

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Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian announced to a forum of around 300 representatives from the private sector, inviting them to work with the NSW Government in the delivery, maintenance and operation of Sydney’s new light rail.

In December last year the NSW Government announced it would build light rail through the Sydney CBD to Randwick and Kingsford to reduce congestion, provide a high capacity public transport solution and revitalise the city.

The 12km project route will link Circular Quay and Central via George Street, the Moore Park sporting and entertainment precinct including the Sydney Cricket Ground and Sydney Football Stadium, Randwick Racecourse, the University of NSW and Prince of Wales Hospital at Randwick.

Around 40 per cent of George Street will be pedestrianised, between Bathurst Street and Hunter Street, for light rail ”“ meaning 60 per cent of George Street will still be accessible to private vehicles. All east-west roads in the city will remain open and small delivery trucks and property owners will retain access.

The project will be implemented alongside a redesigned bus network that will see a reduction per hour of more than 220 buses entering the CBD in the morning peak, benefiting customers who travel from the North, North-West and West on buses and are currently delayed due to congestion.

Work on the $1.6 billion project will start in 2014 and take five or six years to complete. Though the project may help reducing congestion many businesses and homes and suburbs affected by the Light Rail project are protesting heavily.

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