Sydney light rail stop designs revealed

Transport for NSW has unveiled some exciting new designs of the new Sydney light rail extension stops for the work-in-progress South East Light Rail line.

The designs are a small taste of what Sydney’s main streets along George Street and into Randwick and Surry Hills will look like when the new 19 stops are completed as part of the light rail extension.

It’s also a nifty publicity stunt considering during the same week, the NSW Auditor-General published a report firmly warning that transport authorities need to upgrade their networks to prepare for the rising number of commuters.

A release from Transport for NSW said Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance inspected a full-scale prototype of a future light rail stop saying it has been carefully designed with the customer in mind.

“We’ve purposely built this as a life-size test to demonstrate the architectural design and finishes, experience all the individual elements and features and test the overall customer experience,” Mr Constance said.

“We’ve had specialist architects design each stop along the route and we can see today, that along with our vehicles, when light rail is operating in 2019, Sydney will be a world-class leader when it comes to seamlessly integrating public transport into our urban environment.”

He said the stops have each been designed to suit individual locations and complement their surrounds such as heritage buildings, local built and natural environments while ensuring they are fully accessible and user friendly.

Transport for NSW said the light rail stops will each feature bronze canopies to provide protection from the elements, seating, integrated and convenient ticketing and electronic systems and will be crafted from materials that ‘reflect Sydney’s civic tradition’.

World leading Grimshaw Architects have designed the light rail stops having won more than 200 awards for their work around the world.

The first stop is expected to be built on Alison Road in Randwick over the coming months.

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