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Sydney CBD light rail study underway

<span class="" id="parent-fieldname-description"> A detailed study started last week to identify the preferred route for light rail through Sydney’s CBD. </span> <p>Parliamentary secretary for transport Penny Sharpe said the work is the next step in the rollout of Sydney’s $500m light rail expansion – part of the New South Wales Government’s<em>10-year Metropolitan Transport Plan.</em></p><p>Parsons Brinkerhoff, with assistance from architectural firm The Cox Group, will undertake the <em>CBD Light Rail Transport Study.</em></p><p>The study will determine the best route for the light rail extension through the CBD from Central to Circular Quay.</p><p>“Extensive modelling will take place to test a range of scenarios and identify the best solution,” Sharpe said.</p><p>The Cox Group will assist by considering how to best integrate light rail and stops into Sydney’s streetscape, recognising issues such as heritage and precinct use.</p><p>“A preliminary feasibility study being prepared by consultants GHD, examining route options along George Street and Sussex Street, will be an important input to the transport study,” Sharpe said.</p><p>The work to determine the preferred route is expected to completed by the end of the year.</p><p>The study will be conducted by Transport NSW in conjunction with the City of Sydney, including consultation with key business and stakeholder groups.</p><p>Work on the Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill light rail extension is already underway, with workers along the corridor cleaning and replacing the ballast, and old timber sleepers and laying new tracks along the entire length of the line.<br />&nbsp</p>