Sydney’s $2.9 billion light rail project will be open to the public in time for Christmas, with trams through the city’s CBD and southeast to open by mid-December.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Thursday the long-awaited service will carry passengers for the first time on Saturday, December 14.
Trams will be free to use for the opening weekend.
“The CBD and South East Light Rail is a big step towards revitalising our city and will transform the way we live, work and go out,” the premier said in a statement.
“The new network will move up to 13,500 commuters an hour during peak time in both directions, replacing the conga line of buses which used to sit in traffic on George Street.”