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Sydney light rail track installation reaches halfway point

Around half the track for Sydney’s new light rail project has been laid, with more than 12,000 metres of track now installed at locations in the CBD and South East.

24,000 metres of track is 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.

Sections of track are in place in 23 of the total 31 construction zones, while construction crews are also preparing further zones for installation, including the Moore Park Tunnel.

Over the past few weeks alone, 40 metres of single track was installed on High Street, while more than 150 metres of track slab was poured in the CBD and Kensington.

On Anzac Parade, in Kensington and Kingsford, 4 kilometres of track has been laid, while track installation has been completed on Alison Road between Anzac Parade and Wansey Road and nearing completion at the Randwick Stabling Yard.

“There is now more than 8.8 kilometres of light rail track installed across the South East,” coordinator general Marg Prendergast said.

“This progress includes an all-important length of track extending from Anzac Parade to Alison Road which is where testing of the first light rail vehicle will begin in coming months.”

Prendergast said that the two light rail stops to be built on High Street would improve access to the University of NSW and the Randwick Hospitals Campus, as well as boost the local area’s economic activity.

“The Randwick terminus will breathe new life into public spaces on High Street with more amenities and transport connections to shop and services in Randwick town centre,” she said.

“We thank residents and the community for their patience as we continue to build this transformational project.”