Sydney light rail change

Light rail station location change to benefit Prince of Wales hospital visitors in Sydney

Randwick light rail station will be built at a new High Street plaza, rather than outside High Cross Park, the New South Wales (NSW) Government announced this week.

Not everyone was happy with the prior location at High Cross Park and the NSW Government has responded by shifting the site.

Staff, patients and visitors to Sydney Children’s Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital will have better access to the station at its new location.

NSW minister for transport and infrastructure Andrew Constance says the move is part of a wider urban renewal proposal for the High Street precinct championed by Coogee MP Bruce Notley-Smith and Randwick Council.

"This is about integrating the aspirations of the local community with the transport needs of the future," he says.

"Over the last eight months the light rail team has worked with council, Health Infrastructure and the University of NSW to develop a number of design modifications that we will seek in relation to the High Street precinct."

The door was always open in regards to a different location for the Randwick station.

"In approving the original design the government was clear in leaving open the opportunity for Randwick Council to put forward an alternative proposal," Constance says.

"They have introduced a substantial number of new elements in a highly professional and collaborative process.

"I caution that this is still subject to a number of steps and that modifying a design is a major undertaking, but we are all working to the same objective and there is complete support from all parties as to the benefits light rail will bring to the area."

The transformer required to power the light rail network will be buried under a section of High Cross Park rather than remain above ground as originally planned.

Modifications will also be sought for the University of NSW site on High Street, to reducing the potential for interference from the light rail network with the university’s sensitive research facilities.

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