Sydney Light Rail Travel Time and Capacity

New Freedom Of Information Request

On the 9th of May 2019, another freedom of information request was lodged with Transport for NSW (TfNSW) for the following information:

1. The current forecast average travel times for the CBD and South East Light Rail (CSELR) from Kingsford and Randwick to Circular Quay and return in the morning and afternoon peak hour, as per attached table.

2. The seated capacity, maximum crush capacity, absolute maximum average hourly capacity and the desirable capacity of the CSELR or whatever the current terms are for these measurements of capacity.

Please see attached documents where it discusses these terms, and the attached table.

Sydney Inner West Light Rail Extension – Patronage and Revenue Forecasts – 29 November 2011 – pages 13-14 copy

 Sydney Inner West Light Rail Extension – Patronage and Revenue Forecasts – 29 November 2011 – pages 23-25

TABLE OF INFORMATION REQUIRED, with Transport for NSW Responses:

TRAVEL TIMES
Forecast average CBD and South East Light Rail (CSELR) travel times from Kingsford to Circular Quay in the morning peak.
Forecast average CSELR travel times from Randwick to Circular Quay in the morning peak.
Forecast average CSELR travel times from Circular Quay to Kingsford in the evening peak.
Forecast average CSELR travel times from Circular Quay to Randwick in the evening peak.

Transport for NSW Response:

  • The (Light Rail) travel times are not yet to the point where they are truly indicative of the likely travel times between particular customer reference points and, as such, no forecast times have yet been created.

  • It is likely that the first true indication of the actual forecast travel times will only be developed in August – October 2019 with travel time proving not expected until 2020.

  • The best current complete response to your question about the travel times is the target time information contained within the project deed. These target times are those which are indicative of the performance targets for the consortium. The relevant part of the project deed which lists these target times is Sydney Light Rail – Project Deed. Part E schedules paragraph 3.3):

  • LINK: SLR – Schedule E1 Appendix 38 – Minimum Service Requirements

  • Available at https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/industry/contracts-awarded#Transport_projects_O-Z
CAPACITY
Seated capacity of the CSELR light rail vehicles, or equivalent term.
Maximum crush capacity of the CSELR light rail vehicles, or equivalent term.
Absolute maximum hourly capacity of the CSELR, or equivalent term.
Desirable capacity of the CSELR, or equivalent term.

Transport for NSW response:

CSELR Capacity FullUpper
 SeatsStandingTotalStandingTotal
Seats up position96370466554650
Seats down position120342462512632

In respect of the third item, the ‘absolute maximum average hourly capacity’ will depend on the number of services which are being run, and the period over which the average is to be ascertained.

See also: LINK: SLR – Schedule E1 Appendix 38 – Minimum Service Requirements

Available at https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/industry/contracts-awarded#Transport_projects_O-Z

Picture By Gareth Edwards – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=68287183

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