sustainable and safe transport

The project consisted of the design, construction and financing of the light rail network, and its operation and maintenance until 2036. This will cover the 12 km CSELR dual-track route (CBD and South East Light Rail), and the subsequent operation of 25 km of infrastructure, connecting the new infrastructure with the Inner West Light Rail, an existing 13 km line.

ACCIONA began with the project in 2014, forming the ALTRAC consortium as part of a public-private partnership with the New South Wales Government. (PPP)


It will be a vital element of Sydney's public transport system, helping to ease traffic congestion, generating an estimated AUD 4 billion in economic activity and creating 10,000 jobs.


As part of a Public Private Partnership with the NSW State government, ACCIONA was responsible for delivering the infrastructure for this iconic addition to Sydney’s transport network and a key initiative of Sydney’s LongTerm Transport Master Plan. 


  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Contract: PPP
  • Infrastructure: The CBD South East Light Rail line spans 12kms from Circular Quay to Sydney’s south eastern suburbs
  • Estimated completion date: 2020
  • Project Value: AU$2.9 billion
  • Operation and Maintenance: 15 years


The CBD and South East Light Rail is a new light rail network for Sydney. The line spans 12kms from Circular Quay to Sydney’s south eastern suburbs. A tunnel underneath Moore Park and a bridge over the Eastern Distributor roadway facilitate access to Randwick, Kensington and Kingsford. Light rail redefines travel through the city, decongesting key routes through the CBD and linking up with important locations such as the sporting and entertainment facilities in Moore Park and Randwick, along with the University of NSW, TAFE and hospital precincts. The project design has increased pedestrian space through the creation of a pedestrian boulevard in the CBD and pocket parks in Surry Hills.


  • Caters for Sydney’s growing population
  • The light rail services can carry some 450 passengers, equivalent up to nine standard buses.
  • The CBD South East Light Rail runs every four minutes in peak hour in the CBD and every eight minutes to and from Randwick and Kingsford.
  • Improves access to major sporting and entertainment facilities at Moore Park and Randwick as well as to the University of NSW, TAFE and hospital precincts.


As a social initiative, to improve the passenger experience, the project will include a series of works of public art, including sculptures, street art, outdoor furniture and landscape designs.

Awards and recognitions

The project has won numerous international awards:

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