The new stops include Leichhardt North, Hawthorne, Marion, Taverners Hill, Lewisham West, Waratah Mills, Arlington, Dulwich Grove and Dulwich Hill.
The extension brings another public transport option to the Inner West but also eases traffic congestion by getting cars off the roads.
The extension connects to the existing light rail service, which operates from Central to Lilyfield, and runs along the former Rozelle freight rail corridor, through the Inner West to Dulwich Hill. The service runs every 10 minutes in peak hours (7am – 10am and 3pm – 6pm), and every 15 minutes during off-peak hours. There are also regular weekend services.
This regular ‘turn-up-and-go service’ means that commuters won’t need to consult a timetable, and can easily interchange between Inner West bus services as well as local train services at Lewisham and Dulwich Hill. The extension also means people can access popular destinations like the fish markets and Darling Harbour during weekends.
The new light rail stops have a range of safety and accessibility features such as real-time passenger information displays, platform shelters and seating, lighting, emergency help points, CCTV, wayfinding signage and a level crossing between platforms.
Full fare tickets remain the same price for customers on the existing light rail service from Central to Lilyfield, meaning they can travel almost twice the distance as before, from Dulwich Hill to Central, without paying any more.
During the next few weeks, minor work will continue around the light rail stops to provide easier access to the network. Work includes new and upgraded footpaths, more signage to guide people and landscaping.