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The first trams to reach Circular Quay in decades are imminent, as testing on Sydney’s light rail progresses to its next stage.
Transport for NSW is preparing to extend testing along George St from Town Hall to the line’s end point at the Circular Quay transport interchange.
From July 25, the track’s aesthetic power supply — called the ‘third rail’ — from Bathurst St to Circular Quay will be energised, allowing trams to continue past Town Hall.
Light rail tram testing George St. Pic: Bill HearneThe new light rail vehicles are powered through overhead lines from Randwick and Kingsford to Town Hall via Moore Park and Surry Hills.
But there will be no overhead wires from Town Hall onwards, with the ‘third rail’ to power the trams from the ground.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance said “opens the door for testing along that part of the track”.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (left) and NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance inspect one of the new Light Rail vehicles at Town Hall. Picture: AAP Image/Dean Lewins“It’s just great news for everyone and it’s a big sign that we’re not far off now,” he said.
This article first appeared on www.dailytelegraph.com.au
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