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01 July 2014

Returning Light Rail to Sydney

Laing O'Rourke has been awarded the first contract to return light rail to the centre of the Sydney CBD.

Laing O’Rourke has been awarded the first major construction contract for Sydney’s $1.6 billion CBD and South East Light Rail project.


Laing O’Rourke will carry out essential early preparatory works, including relocating buried utilities such as water, telecommunications, gas and electricity cables and pipes, and initial work around Moore Park.


Minister for Transport, the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP said: “Planning approval has been received, and now the project is underway, with the appointment of Laing O’Rourke Construction Australia as Managing Contractor to carry out early preparatory works.


“This will include the relocation of utilities at key intersections in the CBD, and reconfiguration of Tramway Oval in Moore Park. These essential works will soon begin along the new 12 kilometre route and will prepare the way for major construction of the light rail to begin in 2015.”


Laing O’Rourke Managing Director Cathal O’Rourke said the contract award recognises the company’s capacity to deliver major transport projects, and solidifies its strong relationship with Transport for NSW.


“Laing O’Rourke has a solid history of delivering high-quality transport projects on time and to budget, and it looks forward to playing a key part in helping to deliver this important piece of infrastructure for Transport for NSW.”


The CBD and South East Light Rail will link Circular Quay and Central, the Moore Park sporting and entertainment precinct including the Sydney Cricket Ground and Sydney Football Stadium, Randwick Racecourse, the University of NSW and Prince of Wales Hospital at Randwick.


The project also includes the development of a pedestrian zone along George Street, between Hunter and Bathurst Streets. The service is expected to be open and operational in 2019 or 2020.

Artist's impressionSydney's George Street light rail corridor
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