The new line 3 of Sydney’s light rail network, which connects Circular Quay with the suburb of Kingsford opened today.
Unusually – as a result of the ongoing coronavirus situation – the Minister for Transport, Andrew Constance, welcomed the commencement of services remotely.
“The L3 Kingsford Line completes the 12-kilometre CBD and South East Light Rail and gives people in the South East a sustainable public transport system connecting people to and from the city.
“In the current environment our focus is ensuring essential travel options are available. [...] As with all travel at the moment, you must stay at home, except for: work and education, where you can't work remotely; shopping for food and essentials; for medical needs or the care of others; for exercise.
“I would like to thank the tram drivers and workers who will ensure this light rail service runs, providing a direct link to the city of Kingsford as well as connections to the L2 Randwick Line which services the Randwick health precinct.
“There will be a period of bedding in services as we fine tune our operations to integrate the new L3 Kingsford Line with the L2 Randwick Line.”
The first passenger tram departed Juniors Kingsford at 5am. It will run until 1am. The operating hours for trams on both L2 – which opened in December 2019 – and L3 will then be 5am–1am with services departing every 4 to 8 minutes in the central business district and every 8 to 12 minutes in the South East.
Between Circular Quay and the intersection between Anzac Parade and Alison Road L2 and L3 run on the same tracks. At the intersection then they split into two branches. L3 continues down Anzac Parade to Kingsford.
The rolling stock on L2 and L3 is the Alstom Citadis X05s. The operating speed on the line is 70km/h. The network is electrified with 750V DC overhead line equipment and with ground-level power between Town Hall and Circular Quay. Services are operated by Transdev.
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