The first foundation slab has been poured for Sydney’s new nine metre deep CBD and South East light rail tunnel.

Construction of the light rail has been taking place underneath Moore Park West since April 2016, with construction crews excavating what will be around 84,000 tonnes of fill, in order to dig the light rail tunnel.

New South Wales Minister for Transport, Andrew Constance, said, “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.

“The tunnel is an important piece of the 12km 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 500m 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.

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