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Sydney trams to make a comeback

Posted by: 2UE | 13 December, 2012 - 9:08 AM
John Stanley: Sydney's light rail plans released

Sydney trams are set to make a comeback as Premier Barry O'Farrell announces his final transport plan for the state.

SMH reports the plan will committ to construction of a light rail link from Central to Randwick before the next election.

The blueprint will also reaffirm a second rail crossing of Sydney Harbour and the North-West rail link.

Tim Williams from the Committee of Sydney says it would breathe new life into the city.



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The State Government's confirmed a new light rail line will be built through central Sydney, meaning cars are banned from 40 per cent of George Street, as Derek Peterson reveals.


Sydney will get a new light rail line, and better road-access to the airport - but part of George St will be closed, under the State Governments latest transport master plan. Tim Webster & Tracey Spicer discuss the master plans with Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore.


A $1.6 billion light rail line will be built between Circular Quay and Sydney's eastern suburbs, reducing congestion in the city, according to NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell, who speaks with Tracey & Tim about his transport plans.



$1.6 billion estimated cost

12km long

Links Circular Quay and Central via George Street, Moore Park, Randwick Racecourse, UNSW, and Prince of Wales Hospital at Randwick.

15 minutes to get from Central to Circular Quay, half the current time

300 people per vehicle, compared to 60 people per bus

9000 people can be transported each hour in each direction

97 per cent reliability rate, compared to buses with a current 19-34 per cent reliability

Slashes more than 220 buses per hour during city peak times

Opal card used for seamless transfer

40 per cent of George Street to be closed to general traffic, between Bathurst Street and Hunter Street

(SOURCE: NSW Premier's Office, December 2012)

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Blog comments Your Say

  • Thanks for this so nice info for Sydney trams to build a great services and we learn about this.

    Kids birthday party Sydney Thursday 20 December, 2012 - 9:33 PM
  • Lissy & I say that Sydney is copying Melbourne by bringing their trams back.

  • I would have thought that travelling walkways like in airports would be better installed on the footpaths thus not adding to vehicle congestion.

    Bikinis not Burkas Friday 14 December, 2012 - 3:13 AM

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