03 August, 2017

The first of a brand new fleet of light rail vehicles was officially unveiled in Sydney this week, giving customers an early glimpse inside the modern, new Citadis X05 vehicles that will operate the CBD and South East Light Rail.

Sixty vehicles will make their way from France to Sydney to operate the new light rail system from Circular Quay to Randwick and Kingsford operating as 30 coupled sets, 67 metres in length.

The vehicles are fully accessible with low-floors, double doors, dedicated areas for wheelchairs and prams and low-level on-board passenger intercoms.

Each light rail vehicle set can carry up to 450 people, equivalent of up to nine standard buses. This will mean less congestion on Sydney’s roads and more reliable travel times.

Later in the year the vehicles will undergo testing along part of the track, ahead of services starting operation in 2019.

The CBD and South East Light Rail will provide reliable, high frequency ‘turn up and go’ transport services from Circular Quay and the CBD, to Randwick and Kingsford via Surry Hills, Moore Park and Kensington by early 2019.

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