Sydney seeks wireless trams for new light rail network

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Sydney is pushing for a catenary-free tram system for a $1.6 billion light rail network being designed for the city.

City leaders have proposed a wireless system for sections of the city in order to preserve the integrity of the historic George Street and reduce the visual impact of overhead cables.

Setting out an early design concept for the system, the City of Sydney has suggested using batteries to power trams in the pedestrianised zone through Liverpool Street and Bridge Street.

Citizens are now being asked for their thoughts on the proposed designs.

The new 12 km route, which should be in operation by 2020, will link Circular Quay and Randwick via Sydney’s bustling George Street.

NSW Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian said: “As I have made clear since December, while the route has been chosen there are a number of design elements still to be finalised on which we are seeking community input, such as the location of stops and how the route will cross from Surry Hills through to Moore Park.

“I’ve said since day one that there will be disruption while we construct this project but the positive benefit light rail will provide this city for decades to come will be immeasurable.”

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