A Period of Progress

The past few weeks have been a time of great progress right across Transport in NSW. Major projects that have seen great progression of late include Newcastle and Sydney Light Rail projects as well as the Sydney Metro City and Northwest projects.

Newcastle Light Rail

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Tram Under Test on Hunter Street – Newcastle Herald

The light rail line up in Newcastle is now in full testing mode. It is the first wire-free light rail line in Australia and has now began testing using its batteries, which are recharged at each station. Currently most testing is being done at night however daytime testing is scheduled.

Sydney Light Rail

The Randwick Racecourse turnback – Transport NSW Blog Collection

The signalling centre has now been turned on and live daytime tests using the signals in the Randwick Racecourse turnback have begun whilst regular at speed tests to Lang Road continue. Further, most stations have now begun construction and track laying is nearly complete.

Sydney Metro City

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TBM Nancy at the Marrickville Tunnelling Site – Transport For NSW

Tunnelling for the Sydney Metro City project has begun. Tunnel Boring Machine Nancy is one of five TBMs that will build this project and it has recently been deployed from the Marrickville Tunnelling site, from where it will tunnel as far as Barangaroo. The other four TBMs will begin tunnelling in coming months.

Sydney Metro Northwest 

The Skytrain portion of the Metro at Rouse Hill – – Transport NSW Blog Collection

Most civil construction for Sydney Metro Northwest is now complete, with stations now in the fit out stage. The Epping to Chatswood section of the line now under conversion to allow for the automated single decker trains to operate along it.

Other Updates

The newly truncated 400 at Mascot Station, with a bus at the new 357 layover behind – Transport NSW Blog Collection
One of dozens of buses replacing trains as part of the new StationLink network – Transport NSW Blog Collection

The new train timetable introduced on September 30 seem to be less problematic than last Novembers (touch wood), with no major delays or complaints being fielded. The new bus networks in the Eastern Suburbs seem to be working relatively well and the StationLink appears to be coping with demand and traffic conditions up in Macquarie Park.

Look out for more photos of Transport in October next Wednesday as well as our Sydney’s Transport History feature into the Demise of the Sydney Tramways which will be released later this week.

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