New light rail service to begin testing in Randwick

October 7, 2018 by  

Testing is soon to begin on the nearly completed Sydney light rail project, with the first trams launching from Randwick.

The final construction phase before testing starts will be the installation of overhead wires on High Street, Wansey Road, and Avoca Street. The wires are to be put in place on the first Saturday in October.

A spokesperson for the NSW Department of Transport reminded the public the newly installed wires should be treated as live. Other tram networks in Australia carry about 600 volts through their overhead cabling systems. Safety signage is often created with help from graphic design firms.

The Sydney light rail program, while seeing several delays, now has 97% of its track work completed. A total of 12 new trams have been based at the Randwick Stabling Yard while the steel structure and windbreaks for new stops on Wansey Road and Royal Randwick Racecourse have been installed.

Much work was carried out during the recent NRL and AFL Grand Finals long weekend, including the completion of landscaping near the Australian Turf Club and the laying of tracks closer to Sydney’s CBD.

Randwick locals should start seeing tram testing during the night along Wansey Road ahead of the final commissioning phase. The 12 kilometre route is expected to be completed by 2020 and trams will run every four minutes during peak hour.