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February 26, 2015

Sydney’s light rail improvements plan receives planning approval

The improvements plan for the Sydney's CBD and South East Light Rail project has received approval from Australia's New South Wales (NSW) Department of Planning and Environment.

By Samseer M

The improvements plan for the Sydney’s CBD and South East Light Rail project has received approval from Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) Department of Planning and Environment.

Announced by the NSW government in December last year, these improvements will be delivered to enhance capacity and improve traffic flow on the network.

Transport minister Gladys Berejiklian said: "The green light from planning means we can roll out longer light rail vehicles with more seats for customers and 50% more capacity, allowing us to move up to 13,500 passengers every hour.

"The green light from planning means we can roll out longer light rail vehicles with more seats for customers and 50% more capacity."

"Other changes to the project include larger platforms and wire free infrastructure to maintain the heritage streetscape along parts of George Street."

The other major proposed improvements will include an alternative construction method for the tunnel under Anzac Parade and through Moore Park to minimise the impact of construction.

In addition, the relocation of Royal Randwick Racecourse stop to the north side of Alison Road between Anzac Parade and Darley Road is also part of this plan.

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The government will now work with the project’s contractor, the ALTRAC Light Rail consortium, to implement the new improvements.

Construction under the project is expected to be completed in 2018, with customer services to begin in early 2019.

The $2.1bn light rail project will see the construction of a 12km-long route, connecting Circular Quay and Central, Randwick Racecourse, the University of NSW and Prince of Wales Hospital at Randwick.

Running through 20 light rail stops along the route, the network is expected to serve 13,500 Sydney residents an hour in each direction.

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