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Passengers on the newly-opened Circular Quay to Randwick light rail were evacuated near Moore Park on Sunday after a local power failure caused service disruptions for nearly two hours.
People on two trams were told to switch to buses to continue their journey between Moore Park and Randwick at about 12.30pm on Sunday.
Passengers were evacuated from the light rail and services were temporarily stopped between Moore Park and Randwick after a power failure on Sunday afternoon.CREDIT:LOUISE KENNERLEY
"There was a local power failure in Randwick that resulted in six sets of traffic lights being blacked out across Randwick, three of which were on the light rail route," a spokeswoman for Transport for NSW said on Sunday.
"As a result, light rail was not running between Moore Park and Randwick.
"Police were dispatched to critical locations and customers were disembarked from two impacted trams."
The spokeswoman said that back-up power supply is currently available at some intersections along the light rail route and more back-up batteries will be installed by Transport for NSW in coming months.
"In the meantime, these intersections have been upgraded so that signal technicians can connect a portable generator in the event of a power outage," the spokeswoman said.
She said the generators were not used on Sunday because the outage was "resolved quickly".
Ausgrid recorded a power outage in Kensington, Moore Park and surrounding suburbs at about 12.35pm on Sunday and said power was restored to the area before 3pm.
The Transport for NSW spokeswoman said the trams themselves did not lose power on Sunday and are powered separately to the general power grid.
Transport for NSW issued a service alert shortly after the disruption advising customers to "use local bus services in the area".
One passenger said he was forced to take a bus back to the city after the light rail service stopped.
"Thought I'd ride the light rail to Randwick but a power outage has trams stopped at Moore Park," he posted online.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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