Overhead wires have been installed at the Randwick Stabling Yard, allowing for the first phase of testing for Sydney’s light rail system.
Nearly 80 per cent of track has been installed at the Randwick Stabling Yard, with the remainder to be put in place by the end of November.
Wires have also been installed on Alison Road between Anzac Parade and Wansey Road and at Moore Park on Anzac Parade between Lang Road and Alison Road.
Wire installation will be followed by followed by energisation and then the start of the testing process for the first light rail vehicle in the coming months.
More than 12,000 metres of track now installed at locations in the CBD and South East, around half of the 24,000 metres of track to be eventually installed for the 12-kilometre line running from Circular Quay through the CBD to Central Station, Surry Hills, Moore Park, then on to Randwick, Kensington and Kingsford.
Light rail track is being installed through the intersection of Anzac Parade, Alison Road and Dacey Avenue, with preparation underway to move three southbound lanes of Anzac Parade to the east, allowing access to the middle of Anzac Parade without disruption to traffic.
The intersection is the point at which light rail services will diverge between those continuing towards Randwick and those heading for Kingsford via Kensington.
The first tracks have been installed in High Street near the Sydney Children’s Hospital, and have been laid in a single direction at a time to ensure access to the hospital can be maintained at all times.
Construction of the new substation at High Cross Park is also reportedly making progress, with the structure’s roof to be installed in the coming weeks.
Works on George Street and on Devonshire Street are to be halted before Christmas, and the barriers removed, to allow pedestrian access in these areas. Works have currently been focussing on installing pavements, constructing smart pole footings and finishing up utility works.
Finishing works in these areas will resume in January and will include the installation of paving, intersections, smart poles and along with systems work and the construction of the QVB light rail stop.