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New South Wales Transport has released a video model of utilities under George Street that is being used to prepare for construction of the new light rail line between Circular Quay, Randwick and Kingsford.

The model is the result of a detailed study of utilities carried out in the Sydney central business district (CBD), and is one of a number of high-tech measures being used by the government to ensure construction of the rail project in less time and with little disruption.

Work under the construction of light rail will comprise of over 3,500 pit surveys and investigations through more than 200 trenches along the 12km alignment, a detailed utilities survey and creation of a 3D model, detailed geotechnical and contamination investigations, and obtaining utility asset information.

"The work we have been doing for more than a year ensures we will be prepared when construction begins."

NSW transport minister Gladys Berejiklian said: "Light rail is desperately needed to transform our congested city and, alongside the implementation of a redesigned bus network, will reduce the number of buses clogging city streets by 220 buses an hour.

"We have always said construction of light rail will be a challenge and that there will be disruption, but the work we have been doing for more than a year ensures we will be prepared when construction begins, be able to reduce risks, and minimise the impacts to businesses, residents and motorists."

Subject to planning approval, work to deliver the CBD and South East Light Rail will begin later in 2014 and is expected to take five to six years for completion.


Image: NSW releases utilities model delivering Sydney’s light rail. Photo: courtesy of Transport for NSW.