It has been a while, but M invited me up for lunch — which turned out to be Thai at GT’s Hotel in Devonshire Street, revised version of the Gaelic Club. And oh my, the tramline! Tracks appearing now, but the entire project opens for use in 2019 apparently. What a mess right now though! Some businesses have been badly affected: The Book Kitchen has closed, for example.
The owners lay the blame squarely on disruption from the building of Sydney’s $2.1 billion light rail line, which resulted in high barricades being erected directly outside their doors…
But here is what the finished project will look like, the tram in this artist’s impression crossing Elizabeth Street close to where M and I had lunch yesterday. By the way, M said in China, where he hails from, the project would have been up and running in maybe three months rather than several years.
Further up Devonshire Street at Bourke Street the line necessitated the demolition of the unit block Olivia Gardens, and the relocation of Wimbo Park. See also my 2009 post and James O’Brien’s 2013 post Wimbo Park Revisited.
Demolition of Olivia Gardens
Here are some more artists’ impressions of the tram line from 2019 on.
There’s the Dental Hospital in Chalmers Street near Central Station. Now two shots around Moore Park and South Dowling Street, with Sydney Boys High in the background of one: