Trams will run through the Sydney CBD again for the first time in nearly 60 years when the South East Light Rail opens on 14 December 2019.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Transport Minister Andrew Constance today announced the start date.
The new network is expected to move up to 13,500 commuters during peak time in both directions. It is hoped to replace some of the busses along George Street.
Each tram holds up to 450 customers, the equivalent of nine standard busses.
“The CBD and South East Light Rail is a big step towards revitalising our city and will transform the way we live, work and go out in Sydney,” Ms. Berejiklian said.
“Trams will be fare-free for the opening weekend so the community can ride the new light rail to celebrate this historic event.”
Minister for Transport Andrew Constance revealed the first passenger services will start at 11am on Saturday and run between Circular Quay and Randwick until 1am.
“This is an exciting time and we expect a huge turnout at Circular Quay of people taking a ride on the new trams before regular services start on Monday,” Mr. Constance said.
Safety campaigns have been launched telling drivers and pedestrians to stay safe around the light rail.
Services on the CBD and South East Light Rail will run from 5am to 1am every day of the week.