Work has been progressing underneath Moore Park West to construct the light rail tunnel since April, with construction crews excavating what will be around 84,000 tonnes of fill.
The tunnel, which is expected to be completed in late 2017, will be more than 500 metres long connecting to the recently-installed Eastern Distributor Bridge and emerging at a new future stop close to the Sydney Football Stadium and Sydney Cricket Ground. The fill excavated for the tunnel will be re-used across the project.
The CBD and South East Light Rail will provide efficient, turn-up-and-go public transport with services every four minutes between CBD and Moore Park and every eight minutes to and from Randwick and Kingsford between 7am and 7pm.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the tunnel is an important piece of the 12-kilometre light rail alignment and once complete will provide a direct link from the CBD to the sporting and entertainment precinct at Moore Park.
“The base slab going in today is a big step forward, cementing the foundation for tracks which will be installed next year and enabling work to commence on the walls and roof of the tunnel in the Moore Park West section, as work continues on the concrete walls of the Anzac Parade section,” Mr Constance said.