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Sydney’s Inner West Light Rail extension moved a step closer to completion with the announcement that vehicle testing on the extension will continue to be carried out over the next several weeks.
The conclusion of the project’s latest phase saw nine new stops being completed, including at Leichhardt North, Marion, Lewisham West and Dulwich Hill. According to Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian, all tracks and infrastructure are also ready for service.
“This is an important public transport link and we are getting on with the job of building crucial public transport infrastructure for customers across this state,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“The NSW government is very proud this project is being delivered on time and on budget.”
There has been extensive work on the new stops in recent weeks to improve both safety and accessibility. This included, among other things, more lighting as well as installing platform shelters and seating as well as a level crossing between platforms.
However, the main focus of the project now is to maintain the testing of vehicles on the extension in the coming weeks and confirm its capabilities. A mix of new and leased vehicles will be used for testing, and will eventually replace the existing fleet.
Should the tests prove successful, passenger services could begin as early as this month, according to Transport for NSW.
Valued at around $176 million, the Inner West Light Rail extension is one of New South Wales’ biggest railway engineering projects in recent years and represents a major next step in enhancing Sydney’s light rail network.
The extension stretches for 5.6 kilometres, connecting Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill. In addition to over 1,300 tonnes of rail, more than 11 overhead wiring and 5.5 kilometres of galvanised steel troughing have been invested in the construction of the extension.