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Sydney Light Rail Construction Reaches Breakthrough Moment

The Sydney Light Rail tunnel is one step closer to completion, with the breakthrough site at Moore Park marking the start of construction for a key connection between Surry Hills and the Moore Park sporting and entertainment precinct.

The progress marks a key breakthrough moment on the CBD and South East light rail project which is hoped to ease traffic congestion and encourage a modal shift to rail.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian marked the milestone today by inspecting progress on this vital link in the project:

“This is an important step forward as we power ahead with building the new light rail”

“This transformative project is really taking shape now with more than 10,000 metres of track laid and the first light rail vehicle set to undergo testing later this year.”

Tunnel Breakthrough

Since April last year, more than 84,000 tonnes of fill has been excavated, and more than 2000 tonnes of Australian steel have been used to build the 517m light rail tunnel underneath Moore Park West.

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The tunnel breakthrough enables the construction team to finish the tunnel structure underneath Anzac Parade, construct the tunnel portal near the Moore Park stop and install the tracks.

Sydney Light Rail
An artist’s impression showing the new light rail bridge over the Eastern Distributor with the Moore Park tunnel in the background © Transport for NSW

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance, commented:

“The light rail tunnel is a vital part of the project as it provides a direct link between Surry Hills and the Moore Park precinct via the new Eastern Distributor Bridge and under Anzac Parade”

“Constructing the tunnel has been a huge engineering feat, using a cut and cover method under the Moore Park playing fields and a top-down technique underneath Anzac Parade to keep traffic moving above.”

Original article © Transport for NSW.

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