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Sydney CBD & South East Light Rail Reference Design

By HASSELL

  • Sydney CBD & South East Light Rail Reference Design

    Sydney CBD & South East Light Rail Reference Design

  • Sydney CBD & South East Light Rail Reference Design

    Sydney CBD & South East Light Rail Reference Design

  • Sydney CBD & South East Light Rail Reference Design

    Sydney CBD & South East Light Rail Reference Design

  • Sydney CBD & South East Light Rail Reference Design

    Sydney CBD & South East Light Rail Reference Design

  • Sydney CBD & South East Light Rail Reference Design

    Sydney CBD & South East Light Rail Reference Design

  • Sydney CBD & South East Light Rail Reference Design

    Sydney CBD & South East Light Rail Reference Design

About the project

The revival of light rail in Sydney presents an extraordinary opportunity to transform the city’s public domain.
Spanning over 12-kilometres from Randwick and Kingsford to Central Station and Circular Quay, the Sydney CBD and South East Light Rail project is designed to address congestion, improve public transport reliability, and transform George Street into a world-class shared pedestrian boulevard featuring Australia’s first wire-free system.

HASSELL (and Arup) in partnership with Transport for NSW, delivered the Reference Design that will guide the sensitive integration of the new light rail infrastructure within Sydney’s diverse and distinctive urban environment – creating a high-quality and people-friendly public domain, and a transport system befitting the city’s global status.

Design, and in particular urban design, is a critical dimension of major transport projects. It ensures that they are more than simply infrastructure projects – it sees that the transport system is focused on how people use and enjoy the experience, is responsive to its context, and unlocks the potential for positive urban transformation.

For the Sydney Light Rail, HASSELL designed all stops and interchanges, assessing the environmental and public domain impacts and opportunities, and urban renewal scenarios, to develop a landscape and public domain strategy with a clear rationale. The strategy demonstrated the fundamental economic, ecological and community benefits of light rail that underpin the business case for the project.

The reference design provides a framework for the light rail’s implementation that is focused on making stops visible and legible within the streetscape, improving access and connectivity, and creating a beautiful public domain that is characteristic of Sydney. Three distinct design typologies were proposed – civic, park and boulevard – each responding to existing built form and landscape character, to create an ordered and unifying thread for the light rail journey.

The reference design highlights a range of opportunities to introduce sustainable initiatives, and outlines the benefits of implementing green infrastructure through strategic urban planting and permeable surfaces – mitigating heat island effect and supporting the process of water treatment, collection and reuse. The project design team is now working to achieve a ‘Leading Rating’ from the Australian Green Infrastructure Council’s Infrastructure Sustainability Rating Scheme and a ‘Platinum Rating’ for TfNSW’s Infrastructure Sustainable Design Guidelines.

The Sydney Light Rail reference design creates the framework for the delivery of an exceptional piece of public infrastructure that will contribute to the vision of a greener, more sustainable, connected and people-focused Sydney.

Project credits
Client: Transport for NSW
Urban Designer/Landscape Architect: HASSELL
Engineering and Light Rail Systems: Arup
Imagery: HASSELL/TfNSW