Sydney Light Rail to open on 14 December 2019

Trams will carry passengers through Sydney’s streets for the first time in nearly 60 years when the CBD and South East Light Rail opens on Saturday, 14 December.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Transport Minister Andrew Constance today announced the start date for the first light rail service to run down George Street since 1961.

“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. The new network will move up to 13,500 commuters an hour during peak time in both directions, replacing the conga line of buses which used to sit in traffic on George Street. A coupled tram holds up to 450 customers, the equivalent of up to nine standard buses.”

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. Commuters can board the SLR at each stop but will only be able to disembark at either Randwick or Circular Quay.

Services on the CBD and South East Light Rail will run from 5am to 1am every day of the week.