Base laid for Sydney’s light rail tunnel

31 October 2016

The CBD & South East Light Rail has taken another huge step forward with the first concrete base slab poured into what will soon be a light rail tunnel underneath Moore Park.

Construction crews have been busy excavating around 84,000 tonnes of fill to dig the nine-metre deep tunnel, which will connect the recently installed Eastern Distributor Bridge with the future stop at Moore Park.

Construction of the tunnel began in April, with traffic temporarily diverted on Anzac Parade in July.

Sydney Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said the methodology used in building the light rail tunnel would significantly reduce construction time.

“The base slab going in today is a big step forward, cementing the foundation for tracks which will be installed next year and enabling work to commence on the walls and roof of the tunnel in the Moore Park West section, as work continues on the concrete walls of the Anzac Parade section,” Ms Prendergast said.

“Implementing the diversion on Anzac Parade and using a cut-and-cover method meant crews were able to reduce the construction time by eight months and will re-open Anzac Parade by mid next year while they excavate the tunnel.

“The tunnel is an important piece of the 12-kilometre light rail alignment and once complete will provide a direct link from the CBD to the sporting and entertainment precinct at Moore Park.”

The tunnel, which is expected to be complete late 2017, will be more than 500 metres long connecting to the recently installed Eastern Distributor Bridge and emerging at a new future stop close the Sydney Football Stadium and Sydney Cricket Ground. The fill excavated for the tunnel will be re-used across the project.

The CBD and South East Light Rail will provide efficient, turn-up-and-go public transport with services every four minutes between CBD and Moore Park and every eight minutes to and from Randwick and Kingsford between 7am and 7pm.