More delays for Sydney buses

Light-rail tunnel construction phase is likely to slow buses approaching Sydney’s CBD

Work on the south-east light rail tunnel in Moore Park in Sydney’s CBD will delay bus passengers approaching the city from the eastern suburbs, the New South Wales (NSW) Government announced recently.

The warning comes as traffic is diverted from Anzac Parade, as construction on one of the first light-rail tunnels begins.

"Originally we were going to build the two sides of the tunnel in separate phases, which would have taken at least 16 months, but this new plan reduces the duration of inconvenience to drivers significantly," NSW minister for transport and infrastructure Andrew Constance says.

"Once the tunnel is completed and light rail is running, fewer buses using Anzac Parade will mean reduced congestion during peak hour or when sporting events are on, providing major traffic relief."

A temporary six-lane road adjacent to Anzac Parade, will be used by traffic while the light rail tunnel is being built, reducing project construction time by about eight months.

The light-rail tunnel under Anzac Parade will provide a direct link between central station and the sporting and entertainment precinct at Moore Park.

Northbound buses will still use the Moore Park busway during the morning peak period and southbound buses will operate on Anzac Parade, but bus passengers approaching the city from the east face potential delays.

The new 12-kilometre turn up and go tram service will connect the CBD with Sydney’s inner-suburbs, with construction expected to be complete by 2018.

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