Thursday, 3 August 2017

Light rail construction site, Devonshire Street, Surry Hills

This morning I took a walk following the route of the light rail that is being built between Circular Quay and Kensington. Its route will take trains past Central Station and along Chalmers Street, then up Devonshire Street into Surry Hills. This street has the right gradient for the trains; Foveaux Street further north would have been too steep for them to climb. There is a lot of public housing along Devonshire Street and the area needs a bit of tidying up. I approached a man and a woman wearing fluoro gear standing next to the construction site and asked how they planned to take the trains across South Dowling Street. "Traffic lights," the man said. "Wonderful," he added although I had not expressed any surprise at his previous statement. I left them and continued east to where the construction site has punched through the block of buildings on Bourke Street. The train line is due to be completed in two years' time.

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