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October 11, 2013


From Saturday 12 October until Sunday 20 October, critical track maintenance, including rail grinding will take place to enable the safe recommencement of the light rail service following the recent derailments.

At this stage, the light rail is not expected to recommence service until the end of the week, Sunday 20 October, at which time a partial service will commence. Replacement buses will continue to operate in the interim.

Preparatory works for the Inner West Extension will also be done by John Holland during the emergency shutdown with the aim of minimising further disruptions to customers and residents.



Rail grinding
Rail grinding and polishing will ensure a smooth and quiet ride for passengers and reduce operational noise impacts for residents and businesses near the light rail.

A rail vehicle equipped with high-speed grinding heads will move along the track at a rate of 1,000 metres a day. You may hear the grinding machine for one to two hours in your area, as it moves along the track. You may also notice sparks from the grinding. Strict fire and safety controls will be in place during the work along the rail corridor inside the tunnel.

Rail grinding will take place between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and Saturday 8am to 1pm.

Inner West Light Rail Extension preparatory work
Work to prepare the tracks for the new Inner West Light Rail extension will include compacting the ballast (known as tamping) at Lilyfield and overhead wiring from Wentworth Park to Lilyfield.

The ballast is crushed rock that the track sits on. This work can be noisy and you may feel some vibration. The work will take place between Monday and Friday, 7am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 1pm.

Other work
Glebe Tunnel track upgrades will take place this weekend, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October from 8am to 6pm. As this work will be contained within the tunnel, it should not be noisy.

Partial resleepering will occur from Jubilee Park to Lilyfield. This work will be noisy and you can expect to hear reversing vehicles and machinery noise. The impact will be weekdays only.

Traffic and parking 
Heavy vehicles will use local streets to access parts of the light rail corridor and deliver equipment throughout the duration of the works. This includes areas near Brenan Street, Lilyfield and Railway Street, Glebe.



For more information, please call 1800 684 490, email or visit the website at

For urgent enquiries or complaints, please call the 24-hour Construction Response Line on 1800 775 465.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience during these essential activities.


Transdev Sydney Media 
Operators of Sydney Light Rail 


Transdev Sydney Media contact: 
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Customer and Corporate Relations Manager 
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