THE first of a new fleet of light rail vehicles has arrived in Sydney from France and was officially unveiled last week by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance.
The world-first glimpse of the new vehicle in Randwick for the CBD and South East Light Rail marks a significant step towards the new transport system coming to life, which involves a 12-kilometre route from Circular Quay along George Street to Central Station, through Surry Hills to Moore Park, then to Randwick and Kingsford via Alison Road and Anzac Parade.
"It is a really exciting day to be standing here with the first of our world-class light rail vehicles and offering the people of NSW a glimpse of this innovative, modern vehicle," Ms Berejiklian said in a statement last week.
Sixty vehicles are heading to Sydney to operate the new light rail system as 30 coupled sets, 67 metres in length. Each light rail vehicle set can carry up to 450 people, equivalent of up to nine standard buses
"Sydney is the first city in the world to receive the Citadis X05 vehicle and I am pleased to note they are fully accessible with low-floors, double doors, dedicated areas for wheelchairs and prams and low-level on-board passenger intercoms," Mr Constance said.
"These trams use four times less energy than an average bus and 10 times less energy than a car. The next step will be to begin testing the vehicles along part of the track later in the year, ahead of services starting operation in 2019."
Currently, more than 50 cities worldwide use global rail transport supplier Alstom's Citadis light rail vehicles, with the X05 model to be a world-first in Sydney.