Technical details
Transport for NSW & Acciona

2017- 2018

Sydney, NSW Australia
Asset management, design and delivery, specialty engineering

Sydney’s CBD and South East Light Rail plays a key role in enabling the city’s transport future by transporting thousands of customers between the CBD and Randwick or Kingsford in the South Eastern suburbs. 


With Sydney’s population set to increase by another million people over the next 10 years, transport capacity needs to grow and flex. 

The Sydney City & Southeast Light Rail is a 12km route featuring 19 stops, extending from Circular Quay along George Street to Central Station, through Surry Hills to Moore Park, then to Kensington and Kingsford via Anzac Parade and Randwick via Alison Road and High Street. 

The stops are designed to service major transport hubs and create easy interchange points with buses, trains, ferries and the Inner West Light Rail. Each light rail service can carry around 450 passengers, which is as many as up to nine standard buses. 


In a joint project with SYSTRA SA, we provided critical design and follow on testing and commissioning planning support, filling knowledge gaps in the Altrac consortium. SYSTRA ANZ designed, developed and manufactured the principle for the LRVD Detection System and were responsible for the development of testing plans for LRV and Wayside Capsys System. 

In addition, SYSTRA Bamser were directly engaged by Acciona to assist in the delivery of the civil construction of the ALTRAC project. Bamser provided multiple Project and Site Engineers to perform several tasks including: 

  • Consultation with utility providers and asset owners to relocate and install services compliant with the providers specifications. 
  • Installation of project specific utilities and pits related to stormwater, traffic control system, potable/non potable water, traction power, signalling and aesthetic power supply (non-catenary traction power) in an already utility congested CBD. 
  • Plan and manage traffic staging through the city to allow for construction works including traffic/pedestrian diversions, associated signage, traffic controllers, and police presence. 
  • Construction of deep lift road pavement, kerbing, footpath paving, stormwater control structures and pedestrian bridge. 


The key benefits of the project are: 

  • Regular services running around every 4 minutes between Circular Quay and Moore Park, and around every 8 minutes between Moore Park and Randwick and Kingsford in the 7am-7pm peak on weekdays. 
  • Provides public transport to important health precincts for workers and the community. 


A combined bus and light rail network significantly improves public transport access to health precincts in Randwick, University of NSW, TAFE and major sporting and entertainment facilities at Moore Park and Randwick. Plus, additional light rail services provide extra capacity for major events. 

Sydney light rail passing through Sydney CBD