2019 a year of groundbreaking milestones
20 December, 2019
A message from Transport for NSW Coordinator General Marg Prendergast
Sydney is an evolving beast. It’s a city that changes markedly from year to year, and 2019 has been no exception.
Transport is at the heart of this constant transformation through the CBD, with history-making construction projects that will shape the city’s future powering ahead this year.
We’re wrapping up this busy and challenging year with an exciting milestone – the first passenger services on the CBD and South East Light Rail on 14 December.
The year started with a small number of trams testing on parts of the alignment, and finishing works to complete. As more trams arrived, and construction progressively wrapped up, tram testing expanded incrementally.
Safety is our highest priority at Transport for NSW and with a new mode of public transport entering parts of the city unfamiliar with trams, it has been vitally important we spread the word about safely interacting with these vehicles.
Our teams launched a number of important safety campaigns throughout the year, including “Be aware, there’s a tram there” and Heads Up! Play It Safe Around Light Rail, designed to raise awareness and pass on important safety advice and tips for all road users.
Drivers should keep an eye out for changed road conditions, always follow traffic signals, and avoid queuing across intersections. Pedestrians and bike riders need to be aware of their surroundings, ditch distractions and cross the tram tracks safely.
We marked an historic milestone in June with the first tram to operate along George Street in 61 years making its way to Town Hall during the night. Just a few days later, a tram made its first daytime appearance outside Town Hall, giving passing pedestrians a chance to take a closer look at one of the new vehicles. It wasn’t long before tram testing reached Circular Quay, marking the start of testing along the length of the L2 Randwick Line.
From 1 December, new speed limits were introduced to improve safety for all road users ahead of the first CBD and South East Light Rail passenger services.
Some additional changes to existing tow away areas were also introduced in the CBD and Randwick from 1 December to support Sydney Light Rail operations.
Mid-year, the Transport Management Centre (TMC) was given a $25 million boost in the state budget to provide an Australia-first drone program for network monitoring to put “eyes in the sky” across Greater Sydney.
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