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Australia Sydney's light rail line to open to passengers as early as December 7

17:20  12 november  2019
17:20  12 november  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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The Sydney light rail network (or Sydney Light Rail ) is a light rail system serving the Australian city of Sydney , New South Wales. The network currently consists of a single 12.8-kilometre (8 mi)

Sydney Light Rail also incorporates the Inner West Light Rail , which is now operating as the L1 Dulwich Hill Line . The 12. 7 km route connects Central Station and Dulwich Hill via 23 light rail stops and transports more than Additional light rail services will provide extra capacity for major events.

a person sitting at a bus stop: A simulation of the light rail timetable is already under way.© Louise Kennerley A simulation of the light rail timetable is already under way.

Sydneysiders are set to get a chance to ride on the city's new $2.7 billion-plus light rail line as early as December 7, which is the target date for trams to start carrying passengers.

And like with the opening of a $7.3 billion metro rail line in Sydney's north west in May, the state government is expected to make the first day of services along the light rail line between Circular Quay and Randwick free.

The government has been reluctant to put a definitive date on the opening of the line through the heart of Sydney because final testing of the 67-metre long tram sets along it is still under way.

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The CBD and South East Light Rail is a future Australian light rail line in Sydney , New South Wales, running from Circular Quay at the northern end of the central business district to the south-eastern

The Parramatta Light Rail (often unofficially referred to as the Western Sydney Light Rail ) is a project for a twelve kilometre light rail line in Sydney , New South Wales, Australia

If authorities decide more testing is required, the start of services will be shifted to the following weekend of December 14-15.

Transport Minister Andrew Constance said the government would confirm the date once it was satisfied the final stages of testing were complete.

"The main priority at this stage is to make sure we’ve crossed everything off the checklist first," he said on Tuesday. "We're still on track to have it open by Christmas, but the main focus ... is ensuring everything is operating as it should be before we get customers on board."

Trams began simulating the timetable for services last weekend, a process that will continue until they start carrying passengers.

While the trams will run until 1am when fully operational, the government is prepared to operate them later on weekends if there is demand, as part of efforts to revive the night life once lockout laws are relaxed.

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Sydney ' s troubled light rail line is set to be opened in stages with the first trams expected to begin carrying passengers from Randwick to Circular Quay in December , followed by the branch line to Kingsford several months later. Construction of the Randwick branch of the line is the most advanced

Sydney ' s troubled light rail line will cost taxpayers at least . 7 billion to complete after the Berejiklian government reached a 6 million settlement The government had originally planned to open the line in March, just before the state election. But Acciona warned late last year that it could be delayed

It has indicated it wants the 1.30am lockout laws in the CBD scrapped before the end of December.

The Committee for Sydney, Sydney Business Chamber and other business groups had been urging the government to operate trams beyond 1am on weekends to support the night-time economy.

Complicating the start of services, tram drivers and other staff working on the light rail line will vote on Thursday on whether to accept a new collective pay agreement.

While the line from Circular Quay to Randwick will open next month, trams are not due to begin carrying passengers on a branch line to Kingsford until March.

The start of light rail services through the centre of Sydney has been described by those overseeing them as a bigger challenge than the opening of the Metro Northwest rail line, partly because crowd management plans have had to be developed for every stop.

Authorities have been repeatedly warning pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to be extra vigilant around trams, following near misses in recent months.

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