Light rail stop at Wimbo Park!
There is only one stop servicing the entirety of Surry Hills between Central Station and Moore Park, compared with eight stops in the CBD.
The City is currently upgrading Wimbo Park and we’ve ensured the designs can seamlessly accommodate a stop.
So, now’s the time for the Government to lock it in.
As people on foot have become more used to the light rail and traffic signalisation has been improved, trips have become faster.
The additional pedestrianisation of George Street both north and south has further limited vehicular traffic crossing the light rail line, which has also resulted in less time between stops in the city centre.
These improvements have made light rail an even more popular option and create the environment in which the long-promised additional Surry Hills stop could be added with minor impact on net travel times.
Light rail patronage has doubled in the last year with improved trip times and reliability.
This stop was always intended to be added.
The former Minister for Transport, Andrew Constance, agreed to ensure the design of the light rail would enable a future stop to be provided at Wimbo Park. Transport for NSW has made assurances that conduits were installed, and the area was designed to enable quick construction of a stop. The City of Sydney has designed the new park so that it can accommodate a stop.
This additional stop on the light rail route would be of benefit to residents in Redfern and Waterloo, as well as east Surry Hills, especially those with a disability, and to the teachers and students of Bourke Street Public School.
An additional stop would also improve pedestrian safety on Devonshire Street, especially given the high number of families and children walking in the area.