The 12km route, connecting the Central Business District (CBD) to the wider city, opened on 14th December, taking passengers from Circular Quay to Randwick, via the CBD, Central Station and Moore Park.

John Laing is delighted to announce the first phase of the highly-anticipated Sydney Light Rail project opened to the public on 14th December 2019, with the first passenger service leaving Circular Quay at 11am. Trams now run from Circular Quay to Randwick between 5am and 1am seven days a week. At peak times, trams will run approximately every four to eight minutes between Circular Quay and Central, and every eight to twelve minutes between Central and Randwick, from 7am to 7pm every day of the week. This frequency will improve as service patterns and performance are bedded in.

“This has been a significant and exciting project for John Laing,” said James Bramley, John Laing Asset Director - Major Projects and Chair of ALTRAC Light Rail. “The light rail system will reduce congestion in some of the busiest parts of the city, improve air quality, and help to contribute to a sustainable transport plan for the future as Sydney’s population continues to grow. Each tram can carry up to 450 passengers – the equivalent of up to nine buses – so it’s easy to see that the system will have an immediate and positive impact on city life.”

 “The CBD and South East Light Rail is a big step towards revitalising our city and will transform the way we live, work and go out in Sydney,” said NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance. “Trams were fare-free for the opening weekend so the community could ride the new light rail and celebrate this historic event.”

The Sydney Light Rail has been a complex project, involving heavy construction across some of the most built-up parts of the city, and requiring close collaboration across a number of stakeholders and project partners, and with local communities. John Laing has been instrumental in keeping the project moving, taking an active role in the project’s delivery throughout the design, construction and testing phases.

John Laing CEO, Olivier Brousse commented “I rode the tram during a test run last month.  The light rail system is extremely impressive and will transform the travelling lives of people who live and work in the city. I’m delighted that John Laing, with its expertise in mass transit systems, has been instrumental in making the project happen.”