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Shorter timeframe for CBD Light Rail

Release Date: 18/12/2014
The Sydney Business Chamber said the news of a reduced construction period for the CBD and South East Light Rail line will be applauded by the business community as it will achieve the much needed transformation to our city months ahead of the original timetable.
Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, Patricia Forsythe said, “The light rail project will complement the other key construction projects that are reshaping the CBD, including Barangaroo and major private sector developments at Circular Quay and Wynyard.”
“The ALTRAC Light Rail consortium includes proven light rail constructors and managers and should give Sydneysiders confidence in the construction of the project through key Sydney streets.”
Mrs Forsythe said the construction phase will present many challenges for business but acknowledged there is already a comprehensive consultation process by the Government with business groups and community representatives.
“Fewer buses in the heart of the CBD will be one of the key benefits of light rail as will the opening up of part of George Street for pedestrians and light rail-only.
“George Street has the potential to become one of the world’s great streets.
“The confirmation that the preliminary work on key intersections has gone so well that no construction is needed on key shopping days of 21 and 27 December, will be a relief to retailers and shoppers, but is also a positive sign that Sydney may be able to set a benchmark for managing the construction phase with less disruption than many are predicting.
Mrs Forsythe said she encouraged Sydneysiders to be supportive of the project and to be patient during the construction phase that would obviously include some disruptions.
“Sydneysiders have a reputation for being sceptical and pessimistic about these types of transformative projects, but our history shows when we do them, we do them well, and with the support of the community, this will be a game-changing transport asset for the community.”
Media contact: Patricia Forsythe 0418 165 466 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367

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