Light rail tram testing begins

Sydney’s light rail project has put its first tram on the tracks to begin testing.

It is being tested nightly on the new light rail system along Alison Road in Randwick, and will eventually undergo daytime testing as the project continues.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance, called the testing of the tram an “incredible milestone”, despite major setbacks.

Only 14km of the 25km long light rail, which is projected to finish in April 2019, have been laid out.

“This is a pivotal moment and an exciting way to begin 2018 with the first tram now in training,” Mr Constance said.

“While construction is still underway, we have officially started our first phase of testing which allows engineers to monitor the trams performance and get it ready for operations.”  

Mr Constance said zones five and six of the light rail — in the heart of the CBD’s George Street — would be open to pedestrians before Christmas.

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