Light rail extension

An extension to Sydney’s light rail system is a major milestone for the city

The opening of the Inner West light rail extension this week is a major milestone in developing Sydney’s light rail network, according to peak national industry body Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF).

Chief Executive Ken Morrison says the 5.6 kilometre extension of the existing Inner West light rail significantly improves access to transport services for thousands of residents and businesses.

"This project is an important down payment on a broader light rail network for inner Sydney," he says.

"TTF has been a long-time supporter of the extension of the light rail network to the Inner West and South East suburbs and is pleased to see the progress achieved by the NSW government."

Morrison says the new service shows what a modern light rail service can provide in terms of safety, reliability, comfort and real-time passenger information.

The nine new stops also provide easier access to the heavy rail network with interchanges at Dulwich Hill and Lewisham train stations, improving connectivity with other elements of Sydney’s transport network.

"Modern light rail networks are revolutionising public transport around the world and Sydney will be the winner from this and future expansions of the network," he says.

 "The line also increases connectivity between suburbs along its route, especially to Pyrmont which has seen significant jobs growth over recent years.

"These areas have also seen significant population growth in recent years too, making frequent and accessible public transport critical to the suburbs’ mobility."

The extension was opened on March 27.

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