Light Rail headed to Wansey road

22 April 2016

CBD and South East Light Rail construction work is expanding in the South East this week, with work set to begin on Wansey Road between Alison Road and High Street in Randwick.

Crews will carry out a number of works over the coming months, including the relocation of underground utilities, the construction of new retaining walls and track preparation work.

Before construction work commences in the area, approximately 10 trees will be relocated to a local nursery to be maintained for replanting.

The following road and parking changes will be progressively implemented from Sunday 1 May:

  • Only southbound traffic will be able to travel between Alison Road and Arthur Street. Traffic turning from Alison Road into Wansey Road can travel to Arthur Street where they must turn left.
  • Only northbound traffic will be able to travel between High Street and Arthur Street. Traffic turning from High Street into Wansey Road can travel to Arthur Street where they must turn right.
  • A 40km/h speed limit will be introduced on Wansey Road, between Alison Road and High Street during construction. 
  • All parking on the western side of Wansey Road, adjacent to the Royal Randwick Racecourse, will be removed. The majority of on-street parking on the eastern side of Wansey Road will be maintained where possible. 
  • Some parking may be temporarily removed at the Wansey Road end of Arthur Street to facilitate U-turn movements.

Acting CBD Coordinator General Steve Issa said the start of construction on this area (zone 25) is an important step towards creating a sustainable public transport option to connect commuters with the education and health sectors in Randwick.

“As we continue with construction on Alison Road, we’ll now be stepping up our efforts on Wansey Road to construct and essential connection to these education and health hubs in Randwick,” Mr Issa said.

He urged local residents, University of NSW students and members and visitors of the Australian Turf Club at Randwick Racecourse to be aware of road, traffic and parking changes in the area.

“To make way for crews along Wansey Road, we have had to reduce the roadway to a single lane of traffic from Alison Road and Gate 12 of the ATC and divert traffic along Arthur Street,” Mr Issa said.

“While construction will have some impacts to those who frequently travel on Wansey Road, once in operation, light rail will transform the way thousands access the hospital, university and town centre every day.”

Major construction on the 12-kilometre light rail route from Circular Quay to Randwick and Kingsford is expected to be completed by 2018, with the first services carrying passengers in early 2019.