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Transport chief ‘guarantees there will be hiccups’ as Light Rail launches

The state’s transport chief says commuters can expect “hiccups” as the Sydney Light Rail gets ready to launch this weekend.

Cars are now banned on George Street with pedestrians and trams sharing the large open boulevard in the city.

The multi-billion-dollar project opens on Saturday, with trams to run from Circular Quay to Randwick.

Transport NSW Coordinator-General Marg Prendergast tells Deborah Knight it will take up to six months to run a completely successful service.

“I can guarantee you there will be hiccups. Whenever you introduce a new system there are operational issues in those first six months.”

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City of Sydney Councillor Angela Vithoulkas owned a cafe which she says closed due to the extended light rail works.

She tells Deborah that while the light rail is set to serve a purpose it has done a lot of damage for businesses on George Street.

“Those businesses have been abandoned, the government no longer cares about them, they’ve written them off.”

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Deborah Knight
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