A new CBD and South East Light Rail tram has made its inaugural daylight appearance at Town Hall, creating a buzz among passing pedestrians and providing an exciting peek into the future of light rail.
Just days after the first night test to Town Hall, the X05 Citadis settled in for the day at the light rail stop on 3 June to give Sydneysiders a chance to see a tram in the CBD and to raise awareness of the latest tram safety campaign - “Heads Up, Play it Safe around Light Rail.”
This new campaign will support the “Be aware, there’s a tram there” campaign which has been in market since 2018.
It’s important for the community to be aware of the changed environment and keep their “Heads Up” around the light rail as trams are quieter than people expect and cannot stop easily or quickly.
Pedestrians should look up from their phones and cyclists and drivers need to be aware and remember that tracks are for trams.
The campaign features former and current rugby league legends as part of Transport for NSW’s road safety partnership with the NSW Rugby League and is aimed at raising awareness about being safe around light rail.
Daytime tram testing is now underway between Randwick and Central, while night time tram testing is now underway between Randwick and Town Hall.
With testing ramping up, trams are expected to reach Circular Quay in August and the line open to customers before the end of the year.
The first 36 trams have arrived at the Randwick Stabling Yard (as at 20 June, 2019), with the remaining 24 to arrive by the end of the year.
Take a look at the CBD and South East Light Rail safety page for information about staying safe around trams.