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March 24, 2015

INNER WEST LIGHT RAIL EXTENSION CELEBRATES FIRST YEAR AS NEW LIGHT RAIL VEHICLES GO INTO OPERATION

Media Release by Minister for Transport, Gladys Berejiklian


Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today announced that 12 new light rail vehicles will be in operation by the end of June, as light rail commuters celebrated the first anniversary of the NSW Government’s Inner West Light Rail extension.

Ms Berejiklian said since the 5.6 kilometre extension between Lilyfield and Dulwich Hill opened a year ago the light rail service had become incredibly popular for people travelling between the CBD, Darling Harbour, the Fish Markets and the inner west.

“It’s great to see so many people embracing light rail and since the extension opened last year approximately five million trips have been made across the network, a jump of almost 30 per cent compared to the year before,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Since the integration of the Opal system on 1 December 2014 we have seen another jump in patronage, which demonstrates the popularity and ease of electronic integrated ticketing across the transport network.

“Labor left the state in a mess when it came to public transport and today we have another great example of what the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government has delivered.

“Light rail is now one of the most popular forms of transport from the inner west to Central Station. We’re now looking at whether we need to increase the frequency of services in the coming months.”

Ms Berejiklian said commuters will benefit from improved comfort and a smoother journey with the rollout of a total of 12 new light rail vehicles by the middle of this year.

“We delivered six brand new light rail vehicles last year, the seventh new vehicle is here, and all twelve will be on the tracks by the end of June,” she said.

“The new 33 metre vehicles can carry around 200 people and offer commuters increased comfort and passenger amenity, with state of t he art real time travel information.”

The Inner West Light Rail extension was opened on 27 March last year and links Central Station with nine new stations including Leichhardt North, Taverner’s Hill, Lewisham West and Dulwich Hill