Passenger Rail, Rolling stock & Rail Vehicle Design

75pc of Sydney’s new tram fleet has arrived

The 45th of 60 trams being delivered by Alstom for the Sydney CBD & South East Light Rail project has arrived at its stabling yards in Randwick, as testing ramps up across the network.

The tram, which arrived in August, will follow the path of the 44 before it, with testing and commissioning to take place before it is launched onto the network, to join the wider testing and driver training programs underway.

“The arrival of this tram is significant as it completes the number of trams required to run passenger services from Randwick to Circular Quay starting in December 2019,” Transport for NSW said.

“The final 15 trams are either in production or on their way to Sydney with all to be received by November ready for the Kingsford line to start carrying passengers from March 2020.”

The Citadis X05 trams, which will operate in coupled pairs around the network, are being put through their paces with daylight testing now underway in the city from Central Chalmers Street to Circular Quay.

Finishing works are underway in the city, with tree pit protection work, kerb reinstatement, vegetation planting and localised paving.

Outside the CBD, testing is also underway in Surry Hills, between the Randwick terminus and the Chalmers Street stop at Central.

Along that alignment teams have already completed “a significant amount” of footpath restoration works, and traffic signals have been switched with traffic and trams now operating under new phasing.