Sydney’s long-awaited $3 billion light rail opened its doors to the public today – only for one tram to break down and another to accidentally go down the wrong line.
A ‘mechanical issue’ has been blamed for a tram coming to a complete stop near Circular Quay on Saturday afternoon, forcing all northbound services to terminate at Town Hall.
The power loss left the broken-down tram blocking both lines for about an hour.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day many passengers found they were being taken the wrong way.
The NSW state government blamed ‘driver error’ after passengers keen to get a look at the project were ‘jolted’ near Randwick.
A Nine News reporter tweeted that the tram broke hard and then reversed – as it was headed down the wrong line.
Sydney’s long-awaited $3 billion light rail has finally opened on Saturday morning with a few last hiccups (pictured Gladys Berejiklian and Andrew Constance at the ribbon cutting)
Premier Gladys Berejiklian struggled to cut the ribbon on the delayed and over-budget project needing a little help from a few young train enthusiasts in the crowd
The light rail officially opened on Saturday morning carrying its first passengers through the Sydney CBD (pictured are Gladys Berejiklian and NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance)
Concerns have been raised over the safety of pedestrians particularly on George Street (pictured)
Pedestrians crossing in front of one of the trams forming part of Sydney’s new $3 billion light rail project
Earlier, Premier Gladys Berejiklian struggled to cut the ribbon on the delayed and over-budget project, needing a little help from a few young train enthusiasts in the crowd.
Also on Saturday, a male passenger had a stroke near Haymarket, causing trams to be stopped for around 20 minutes.
A further tram also went through a red light.
A spokesperson for NSW Transport told Daily Mail Australia a tram had proceeded on a red signal at Randwick at 10:20am.
‘A tram exiting at Royal Randwick proceeded towards Circular Quay against a red signal and the Driver stopped the vehicle immediately,’ the spokesperson said.
‘All emergency systems were applied and worked as intended. The Driver reversed back to the Royal Randwick stop.’
‘We are operating in a very busy environment and hiccups will occur on a occasion.’
‘We remind all customers to hold on when on board and motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to be aware of the tram.’
Hundreds of staff were on hand as the first passengers boarded the new trams on their maiden voyages.
The light rail line runs from Circular Quay to Randwick through one of the city’s busiest boulevard’s George Street.
The project marks the first time in six decades trains have operated on the thoroughfare.
There have been concerns voiced over public safety with the modern trams operating quietly and pedestrians being able to freely walk across tracks.
Fares will not be charged during the opening weekend of the $2.9billion project, however donations can be made to Rural Aid to help those affected by the drought.
The trams were meant to start running in March and were supposed to cost $1.6billion.
A branch line to Kingsford and the University of New South Wales isn’t expected to open until early 2020.
Staff wearing hi-vis vests were on hand to guide pedestrians on Saturday
Long lines formed as passengers waited to try out the new light rail
The opening of the light rail was attended by large crowds eager to test out the trams
Passengers braved the crowds on Saturday as the new light rail trains made their first journeys
Hundreds of staff were on hand as the first passengers boarded the new trams on their maiden voyages
The project marks the first time in six decades train have operated in the city
Transport Minister Andrew Constance, Mayor Clover Moore, and Premier Gladys Berejiklian on one of the tram’s first journeys through the city
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