Tram testing begins for Sydney CBD ahead of December launch

Tram testing is increasing in the Sydney CBD and will soon begin for the first time in Kingsford and Kensington as Sydney counts down for the commencement of services in December.

Driver training is extending into the CBD this week and there will be up to 12 trams out testing around the clock.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Transport Andrew Constance, NSW Police and the NRMA reminded road users to be alert around the new light rail corridor as testing steps up.

“I’m also pleased to confirm that trams will soon start testing in Kingsford and Kensington. It’s an exciting time for Sydney as the countdown begins to the first passenger services from Randwick to Circular Quay, but it’s also a timely reminder for pedestrians and drivers to be vigilant,” Ms. Berejiklian said.

State Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said new safety videos launched today by Transport NSW will remind drivers to be aware around light rail.

“We have a number of busy intersections along the light rail route, particularly in the CBD, such as George and Bathurst streets. We remind drivers not to queue across these intersections and always follow traffic signals,” Mr. Constance said.

Road users have mistakenly entered the tram corridor at busy intersections, including those around Pitt Street and Eddy Avenue at Central, and at Devonshire and Bourke streets in Surry Hills.

“We know people are getting used to having trams around, but we really need everyone to be mindful of the tram corridor when turning at intersections, and if you end up on the tracks, drive or ride carefully to the next cross street and exit safety,” Mr. Constance said.

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy reminded drivers they must stay off the cement tram corridor and stick to the asphalt roads.

“Drivers and operators of heavy vehicles must follow the new traffic signals and always stop on the red. Never turn in front of a tram and do not queue across intersections. Food delivery operators and couriers are also reminded to not ride in the tram corridor,” Mr. Corboy said.

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