Construction of Sydney’s new light rail network has continued to make progress over September, with track installation being achieving or nearing completion at several zones.
On Anzac Parade in Kensington and Kingsford, over 3.6 kilometres of track has now been installed. Work will soon shift towards kerbside works, including undergrounding of the electrical and communications networks to enable the replacement of the old telegraph poles with new poles that will support the overhead wiring for the light rail vehicles and the street lights along Anzac Parade.
In the coming weeks, re-configuration of the northbound lanes on the northern side of the Nine Ways intersection will take place.
A new public art installation is also being installed in this section of the light rail, and include sculptures, street art, outdoor furniture and landscape designs.
At Moore Park, work is underway on the construction of the eastern tunnel portal located near Tramway Oval, while track installation has begun near Lang Road and has been completed on Anzac Parade near Robertson Road.
Between Lang Road and Wansey Road, after the installation of overhead wires in Zones 22 and 24, light rail systems and vehicles will begin to be tested in the coming months.
Work will soon be underway on the intersection of Anzac Parade with Alison Road and Dacey Avenue. This will require the construction of a temporary diversion lane to allow all southbound traffic lanes to be diverted, keeping traffic moving during preparatory work and during track installation in the middle of Anzac Parade.
In Surry Hills, construction work has now laid the foundations for the light rail stop at Ward Park, while utility works continue along Devonshire Street, between Crown and Bourke Streets and Elizabeth and Crown Streets.
Installation of the new roadway has started in Devonshire Street, between Chalmers Street and Elizabeth Street alongside the completed track, and will be followed by footpath and kerb finishing work on either side of Devonshire Street.
Over 2 kilometres of track is now in place in the CBD. On George Street between Park and Market Streets, and between Market and King Streets, most of the track and track slab is in place.
Also at these zones, the ground level power supply for light rail vehicles is also close to completion.
2,000 square metres of paving is now in place on George Street between Grosvenor and Alfred Streets and between King and Park Streets. These pavers form the start of the 26,000 square metres will be laid in the city centre, stretching from Circular Quay through the pedestrianised area to Town Hall.
Work is still underway to relocate or replace utilities – water mains, gas mains and conduits to carry power cables – under the CBD.