Engineering, Passenger Rail

Progress for Sydney Light Rail tunnel excavations

Excavation work on the Sydney Light Rail tunnel has led to breakthrough at Moore Park, with NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian saying that the project was making significant progress towards completion.

With excavations complete, construction works will follow that will finish the tunnel structure underneath Anzac Parade, build a tunnel portal near the Moore Park light rail stop, and install the tracks which will connect Surry Hills with the Moore Park sporting and entertainment precinct.

“This is an important step forward as we power ahead with building the new light rail,” the premier said.

“This transformative project is really taking shape now with more than 10,000 metres of track laid and the first light rail vehicle set to undergo testing later this year.”

Over 84,000 tonnes of earth have reportedly been excavated under Moore Park West, while more than 2,000 tonnes of steel have been used to construct the 517-metre light rail tunnel.

Transport and infrastructure minister Andrew Constance promoted the tunnel as a means of making the Sydney Football Stadium and Sydney Cricket Ground more accessible by public transport.

“The light rail tunnel is a vital part of the project as it provides a direct link between Surry Hills and the Moore Park precinct via the new Eastern Distributor Bridge and under Anzac Parade,” Constance said.

“Constructing the tunnel has been a huge engineering feat, using a cut and cover method under the Moore Park playing fields and a top-down technique underneath Anzac Parade to keep traffic moving above.”