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Light rail track installation progress in South East Sydney

Light rail track has now been fully installed at three construction zones in Sydney’s South East, where vehicle testing is to begin in the coming months.

Over 4.6km of track has been laid along Alison Rd and parts of Anzac Parade, and a further 3.9 kilometres has also been laid at other zones on Anzac Parade (where track installation work continues).

The completion of track installation work on Alison Road will allow overhead wires to be installed along the stretch, which is to be followed by light rail vehicle testing along this section.

“Construction of the light rail is making strong progress in the South East with more than 8.5km of track installed along the route, completing the sections along Alison Road and on Anzac Parade, between Todman Avenue and High Street,” coordinator general Marg Prendergast said.

“Seeing the progress on this important section of the light rail route shows how far we’ve come with construction in the South East and when vehicle testing begins in comings months, we will start to see just how much this project will transform this area.”

A safety campaign will be launched prior to the light rail vehicle testing period, making sure the local community is aware of the changes and the potential hazards from moving vehicles and live wires.

Construction work also continues for the first light rail stop on Alison Road.

In other light rail news, ALTRAC Light Rail hosted a stand at the Surry Hills Festival last Saturday, allowing visitors the opportunity to ask questions about the light rail project design and construction.

Heritage items uncovered during construction of the CBD and South East Light Rail were also put on display at the stand, including an arrow stamp brick from the 1820s, ceramic plates and cups, glass and ceramic bottles, a cooking pot, toy wheel, decorative teapot, ink bottle and a decorative smoking pipe bowl.

A heritage consultant, Jayden van Beek, was present to answer questions about the recovered objects.

“It was great to meet people at our festival stall and share with them the background to the fascinating items from early settlement life in Sydney that we have found during light rail construction,” Mr van Beek said.

“There was particular interest in some of the items we had recovered from Ward Park itself, including an old Vaseline jar and cooking pot from the remains of the old Royal Arms Hotel.”

The 12-kilometre CBD and South East Light Rail line is expected to open in early 2019. It will feature 19 stops, and extends from Circular Quay along George Street to Central Station, through Surry Hills to Moore Park, then to Kensington and Kingsford via Anzac Parade and Randwick via Alison Road and High Street.