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The final stage of Sydney's 12km light rail line to Kingsford opened this morning, but NSW's tough coronavirus social-distancing laws mean most people are being told not to ride it.
Passengers can now ride the tram from Anzac Parade to Kingsford, in the city's south east, adding another five stops to the line between Circular Quay and Randwick, which opened in December.
In a first for the NSW Government, Minister for Transport Andrew Constance welcomed the start of services remotely via a video message.
"In the current environment, our focus is ensuring essential travel options are available," he said.
"South-east bus services will continue unchanged in the short term."
Due to Sydney's social-distancing shutdown, patronage will be low.
Mr Constance asked for patience while the new leg of the journey was "fine-tuned" and advised pedestrians to be cautious around the new line.
"There will be a period of bedding in services as we finetune our operations to integrate the new L3 Kingsford Line with the L2 Randwick Line," Mr Constance said.
Trams on both the Randwick Line and Kingsford Line will operate between 5:00am and 1:00am, with services every 4-8 minutes from the CBD and every 8-12 minutes from Kingsford.
It comes four months after the line from the CBD to Randwick opened and attracted almost immediate furore from passengers who claimed it took up to double the time of a bus.
The CBD light rail project also attracted significant criticism after the original budget of $1.6 billion blew out to $2.96 billion.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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