Work access permits

Work access permits for work on or near the Sydney Light Rail

Safety risks around Light Rail

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All light rail networks pose a safety risk. Sydney Light Rail (SLR) has an established set of guidelines that require risk assessments to be undertaken for any proposed works near the light rail corridor by third parties.

To work on or near the Sydney Light Rail (SLR), you are required to follow the SLR Safe Work Guidelines, including applying for and receiving a valid Transdev Work Access Permit.

Failure to obtain authority is an offence.

Note: It is essential that you align your planned works timeline to Transdev Sydney’s Major closedown and Possessions plan, to minimise impact to Sydney Light Rail operations. Click here to view the plan through mid-2020 and click here to view the plan for mid-2020 to 2021. 

Work plans to be included in the yearly Possession programme must be provided to the Transdev Interface Manager on an annual basis prior to 1st June each year and updated on a rolling six (6) months review.

If after reading this information you are unsure if permission for your proposed works is required, or have questions about optimal dates of works, please contact Transdev Sydney for guidance at .


Guidelines to access the Sydney Light Rail corridor 

As shown in the diagram above, specific requirements from differing relevant authorities depend on the location of your proposed works within or adjacent to the light rail corridor.

No excavation underneath the light rail is permitted at any time without consent. 

If in any doubt as to whether permission is required, please contact Transdev for guidance at


For more information, refer to the Safe Work Guidelines.



Steps to follow to apply for and receive a permit from Transdev Sydney

From 7 December 2019, the following five steps must be undertaken to apply for and receive a permit to work on or near the Danger Zone of the SLR (L1 Dulwich Hill Line and L2 Circular Quay to Randwick Line).


1) Complete all relevant pre-work as required, such as applying for a Road Occupancy Licence from the Transport Management Centre, contacting your local Council and/or calling Dial-before-you-Dig prior to any excavation work.

2) Complete the online Light Rail General Safety Induction (LRGSI) to receive a contractor identification card.

Email to request more information, including the link to access the LRGSI online.

3) Complete the Work Request Form online. Applicants will need to login first to complete this form; login details will be sent after the safety induction (LRGSI) is completed.

Please submit the form by midday on the Monday at least two weeks prior to the date works will commence. Note supporting documents may be submitted with the application, including:

  • A Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS): a brief but detailed description of the work to be undertaken, and a risk assessment regarding how the Safety Risks around Light Rail will be mitigated. Please include details of compliance with all relevant Australian Standards, Guidelines and Codes of Practice. Click here to read more information about a SWMS.
  • Location map: marked-up photos and/or a marked-up drawing/map that defines the work area and the approximate minimum distance to the nearest SLR track.
  • Transdev Sydney Environmental Assessment Checklist: a short checklist to help ensure environmental impacts are considered and risks are mitigated prior to beginning works.


4) Allow two (2) weeks for the application to be reviewed by Transdev Sydney, which may seek further information in relation to the application. Once the required information is received and permission for the works is approved, a Work Access Permit will be issued. See the SLR Safe Work Guidelines for more information.

5) Ensure a Person in Charge of Works (PICOW) is appointed if directed to do so as part of the Work Access Permit. Information about this is included in the Work Access Permit.


Type of works that require a Transdev Work Access Permit

For more information, refer to the Safe Work Guidelines.

Works should not be undertaken out of operational hours without a permit from Transdev


More information

The following documents provide more information about working on or near SLR:

• Safe Work around Light Rail: a booklet that explains why an application for a Work Access Permit is required prior to commencing works on or near SLR.

• SLR Safe Work Guidelines: descriptions of the type of works that require a Work Access Permit, and more information about the steps to receive permission to work on or near SLR.

• Tramway Safety Awareness guidelines: guidelines for working safely on or near SLR after the Work Access Permit is approved.

• Environmental Policy: Transdev Sydney’s environmental policy.

• Access Rules and Guidelines: describes Transdev’s policies and processes related to work access permits.

 Drug and Alcohol Policy: Transdev Sydney’s policy on working in a drug- and alcohol- free work environment.