Sydney’s Circular Quay will receive a major facelift to its harbourside entrance as construction starts on a new terminus connecting light rail with trains, buses and ferries.

Two compounds will be established on Alfred Street between Pitt and Loftus Streets, with pedestrian and traffic access maintained at all times.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the construction milestone heralded the transformation of Circular Quay.

“Customers will be able to interchange between all public transport modes at the Circular Quay terminus – ferry, train, bus and light rail – improving access to this global precinct, making travelling easier and quicker,” Mr Constance said.

“We’re getting on with the job of building this transformative project with about 5km of light rail track already laid, and the first wire-free track recently installed on George St.

“It’s expected that trips into the city centre will balloon to about 780,000 per day by 2031, which is why we’re creating a better, fully-integrated transport network for Sydneysiders.

“We thank businesses, residents and commuters for their ongoing patience while we continue to build this world-class project.”

The two compounds will be contained within the footpath in front of the Gateway building and within the existing taxi rank on the northern side of Alfred Street. The taxi rank will be relocated to Loftus Street.

Sydney Light Rail will provide high frequency ‘turn up and go’ transport services from Circular Quay to Randwick and Kingsford from 2019.

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