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Marking significant change in Sydney’s public transport landscape, the NSW Government announced last month that HASSELL, together with Arup and Aurecon, will design a light rail system for the city.
The 12km light rail project, estimated at $1.6 billion, will link Circular Quay and Central via George Street, the Moore Park sporting and entertainment precinct including the Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium, Randwick Racecourse, the University of NSW and Prince of Wales Hospital at Randwick.
Approximately 40 per cent of George Street will be pedestrianised, between Bathurst Street and Hunter Street, for light rail. This means that 60 per cent of George Street will still be accessible to private vehicles.
The project forms part of an integrated transport solution to fix congestion in Sydney’s CBD, which includes a redesigned bus network and train improvements. Bus improvements include improved bus interchanges in the city, more cross-city Metro style routes, reconfigured bus stops and higher priority for buses to move people through the city faster.
The final timetable for construction is currently being determined, though early analysis suggests that it will take five or six years, with work expected to begin in 2014.