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Trams return to Sydney’s CBD for the first time in almost 60 years

Trams in Sydney’s CBD will pick up their first passengers in over half a century today, as a project plagued by delays, legal disputes and a $1.3 billion budget blowout reaches fruition.

The light rail will carry tourists and commuters from Circular Quay to Randwick, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, but covers only a fraction of the ground of the old tram network, which was ripped out in the late 1950s.

Whitehead (2019-12-14)

I was interviewed for a piece broadcast on the AM program on ABC Radio National for the opening of the CBD South-East Light Rail. I’m quite glad Whitehead picked up on the importance of the urban layer and kept that comment in the piece.

“The trams provide that urban layer between railways and between walking.”

Mathew Hounsell
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“It is never too late to admit your mistakes and start anew.”

“It is a good start, and it will be a boon; but it is a start rather than a full network.

Mathew Hounsell

Citation: Whitehead (2019-12-14)

Eleanor Whitehead (2019-12-14) “Trams return to Sydney’s CBD for the first time in almost 60 years”. AM, Radio National, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Sydney, NSW, Australia. Accessed 2020-02-24