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    Sydney Light Rail

    As part of a Public Private Partnership with the NSW State Government, ACCIONA is responsible for delivering the infrastructure for this iconic addition to Sydney’s transport network and a key initiative of Sydney’s Long Term Transport Master Plan. 


    General information

    Sydney, Australia
    The CBD South East Light Rail line spans 12kms from Circular Quay to Sydney’s south eastern suburbs
    Completion date
    Initial opening December 2019. Project completion March 2020
    Project Value
    AU$2.1 billion


    Key Details

    ACCIONA began working on this project in 2014, together with its partners in the ALTRAC consortium as part of a public-private partnership with the government of New South Wales.The project involved the design, construction and financing of the light rail network, and its operation and maintenance until 2036, which will cover the 12 km dual-track CSELR route (CBD and South East Light Rail), and the subsequent operation of 25 km of infrastructure, connecting the new infrastructure to that of the Inner West Light Rail, an existing 13 km line.

    The partnership covered some 750 employees and a workforce at peak of 2,000 who worked more than 10 million man hours on the Project. Strong leadership and a firm commitment to continuously improve, backed by action, were the foundations of a strong safety culture and with a productive healthy and safe workplace with strong common values, worker health and safety was a core value culminating in an exemplary safety record.

    Engaging with stakeholders was crucial to the success of the Project. The Stakeholder and Community team worked with a diverse range of stakeholders. Key stakeholder opinions and insights were incredibly valuable in the early stages of the planning and development processes. Robust consultation added insight into the operating environment and the community / customer needs to ensure effective engagement translating into stakeholder satisfaction.

    The new Light Rail network consists of 19 stops, a tunnel section and a bridge that crosses over Eastern Distributor Corridor highway, with  system facilities to manage the Light Rail operations consisting of an Operational Control Centre, a Stabling Yard in Randwick, a Maintenance Facility in Lilyfield and associated HV & LV Power Supply  Substations and other buildings along the line.The project has involved substantial critical service relocations and extensive urban regeneration.



    • The CBD South East Light Rail will run every four minutes in peak hours in the CBD and every eight minutes to and from Randwick and Kingsford. Each service will carry up to 450 passengers, equivalent to nine standard buses.
    • Light rail will significantly improve access to major sporting and entertainment facilities at Moore Park and Randwick as well as to the University of NSW, TAFE and hospital precincts.

    Current Status

    On 14 December 2019, ACCIONA and its partners in the ALTRAC Light Rail consortium, together with the New South Wales government, celebrated a historical milestone for Australia, namely the inauguration of the CBE and South East Light Rail’s L2 Randwick to Circular Quay service, connecting the financial district with the South Eastern suburbs.

    The CBD South East Light Rail network will carry up to 13,500 passengers every hour in both directions once the L3 Kingsford line opens in March 2020.

    The Sydney Light Rail is a new sustainable and safe transport alternative that addresses the needs of Sydney’s growing population.This tram network, which was one of the central initiatives of the city’s long-term transport plan, is a vital element in helping to relieve traffic congestion, as well as connecting major educational, sporting, entertainment and healthcare centres with the Central Business District and Circular Quay.


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