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Artist's impression of Sydney Light Rail at Circular Quay

CBD and South East Light Rail

A central element of delivering Sydney’s Light Rail Future is the CBD and South East Light Rail project (CSELR). This new light rail line will extend from Circular Quay along George Street to Central Station, through Surry Hills to Moore Park, then to Kensington and Kingsford via Anzac Parade and Randwick via Alison Road and High Street.

This route was selected by NSW Government following extensive feasibility investigations and consultation with key stakeholders. Transport for NSW is now progressing delivery of the CBD and South East Light Rail extensions in consultation with councils, business, industry and the community.

The project received planning approval on 4 June 2014 and early works began in August 2014. The CSELR will be delivered, operated and maintained by a private operating company appointed for the Sydney Light Rail network as part of a Public Private Partnership (PPP). The PPP contract has been awarded to the ALTRAC Light Rail consortium. ALTRAC will finance the CSELR project and will also have responsibility for the existing Inner West Light Rail.

Key features

  • Conveniently located stops along the 12 kilometre route
  • high frequency, ‘turn up and go’ services during peak periods
  • additional special event services between Central Railway Station and the Moore Park and Royal Randwick Racecourse stops
  • major interchanges with ferry, heavy rail and bus services
  • a fleet of electric-powered Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) with air conditioning and accessible low-floor design
  • a highly reliable, high capacity public transport service
  • a pedestrian zone on George Street between Bathurst and Hunter streets
  • wire-free operation within the pedestrian zone
  • public domain improvements including possible new public spaces, paving, trees, lighting and street furniture
  • approximately 12 substations to provide power for the LRVs
  • a stabling facility in Randwick and a maintenance depot in Rozelle.

View the CBD and South East Light Rail construction schedule for detailed information about light rail construction in your area.