Passenger Rail

‘Metropolitan’, ‘Chinatown’ among proposed Sydney Light Rail stops

Sydney light rail. Artist's impression: Transport for NSW

Transport for NSW has proposed a relatively straightforward selection of names for stops along the new CBD and South East Light Rail line being built through Sydney.

The line, which will run from Circular Quay in the CBD’s north to Kingsford and Randwick to the city’s south-east, will have 19 stops.

With work well underway along the light rail line, a list of draft names for the stops has been released.

Transport for NSW says it will engage the community, councils and businesses on the choices.

The names are fairly simple, with obvious choices at Circular Quay, Wynyard, QVB, Town Hall, Central and Moore Park.

Metropolitan is the name proposed for the stop between Circular Quay and Wynyard. Chinatown is the proposal for another stop, further down George Street. And at the end of the line, where it forks to Kingsford, there is the final stop, Nine Ways.

CBD and South East Light Rail proposed stop names. Graphic: Transport for NSW
Click to enlarge. Graphic: Transport for NSW


While the choices may seem arbitrary, Sydney coordinator general Marg Prendergast said stop names were important “because they will be the first step in how customers navigate this new public transport system”.

“The key to getting it right when it comes to naming is talking to and hearing from local businesses, residents, councils – people and groups who have the best understanding of their communities.”

After community consultation, Transport for NSW will be forwarding the names to the NSW Geographical Names Board, which will lead “a formal consultation and technical assessment process” later this year.