Sydney's newest transport option
Fairfax transport reporter Jacob Saulwick rates Sydney's newest tram on its extended line to Dulwich Hill in the inner west.PT3M20S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-35fvl 620 349 March 25, 2014
- Trams to take about 40 minutes to get from Dulwich Hill to Central
- School students not allowed to travel for free on tram
- First service to run 6am Thursday
- Nine new stops on the 5.6km line
Trams from Dulwich Hill to Central will take about 40 minutes on Sydney's new light rail extension, due to open on Thursday.
The initial service from the Dulwich Hill stop, which is adjacent to the train station, is scheduled to run at 6am, marking the first opening of a new commuter rail line in Sydney since trains started running on the Epping to Chatswood heavy rail line in 2009.
Nine new stations are opening on the inner west line. Photo: Quentin Jones
The line runs through nine new stations before connecting to Sydney's existing light rail line at Lilyfield.
By the end of the decade, the O'Farrell government plans to expand the city's tram system through central Sydney to the eastern suburbs.
Initially, the trams on the new line will be a mix of new and old. Transdev, which operates the light rail line on a service agreement with the state government, will run the old trams that were purchased for the first Central to Pyrmont line in 1997, as well as newer trams leased from Spain.
But the government has purchased more trams from Spain that will be delivered in the next 18 months. Outside of peak hour, trams are expected to run about every 15 minutes, though frequency should increase when the extra trams are delivered.
Between 7am and 10am, and 3pm and 6pm, the trams will run every 10 minutes.
Ticket prices will be the same as on the Lilyfield to Central tram line. It will cost $4.60 for an adult to travel one way between Dulwich Hill and Central, and $2.30 for a child. The return fare is $6.20 for an adult and $3.10 for a child.
Display boards showing what time the next tram will arrive have been built on the nine new light rail stations, but have not yet been installed on the existing tram stations. The government intends to allow developers to include real-time information on trams in public transport apps, but that has not yet happened.
Commuters will not be able to use Opal cards on the tram line until some time in 2015.
The line was first promised to open in 2012 by the Keneally Labor government in 2010. But Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian pushed back the opening date, saying the previous government had not done detailed planning.