Anzac-Parade_3The first look at what light rail will look like along Anzac Parade has been unveiled, including the station that will service the city’s major sporting precinct.

After leaving Central through Surry Hills, light rail will travel in a tunnel under Moore Park and Anzac Parade and emerge above ground at a new stop close to the Sydney Football Stadium and Sydney Cricket Ground.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said this station will be a key stop along the 12 kilometre route, giving fans access to all our iconic sporting events.

“This is home to rugby league, rugby union, AFL, cricket, major events, concerts and an array of spectacles that will make this a major destination for light rail customers,” Mr Constance said.

“The light rail stop will be a signature design while preserving the parkland and green space enjoyed by thousands.”

CBD Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said while a number of mature trees needed removal to accommodate this vital infrastructure, the final design shows Anzac Parade will retain its status as a majestic avenue linking the south east to the city.

“We anticipate more than 1,800 new trees will be planted, with at least 900 of these planted along the route. We already have many of these growing in nurseries right now, so they’ll be big and healthy when they arrive for planting,” Ms Prendergast said.

Construction of Sydney Light Rail is now live on more than half of the route, with work also progressing on the cut and cover tunnel that will link the Moore Park stop.

Major construction on the 12-kilometre light rail route from Circular Quay to Randwick and Kingsford will be completed and operating in 2019.

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