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Community Service Announcement for Sydneysiders

Community Service Announcement for Sydneysiders

After a comprehensive review of Australia’s infrastructure projects, there is one thing that is very clear. Sydneysiders must brace for significant disruption.

In an effort to support the construction sector during the mining slowdown, the state and federal governments have approved a significant pipeline of infrastructure projects. Sydney has fared particularly well in the funding allocation, with Parramatta Road due for improvement and a new Light Rail system for the CBD to boot. While disruption is a necessary part of any major construction, the patience of workers and visitors to the CBD will be strained.

For those unfamiliar with the Light Rail project, a 12 kilometre network is being built from Circular Quay to Central Station via George Street, through to Surry Hills and Randwick. Due for completion by 2018, there is a high risk of cost overruns and delays given the concentration of utility services along George Street. The most disruptive stages will be in the second half of 2016, as buses are forced into adjacent corridors.

Once complete, the service will run every four minutes in the CBD during peak hour. An attractive long-term gain. Just be prepared for the short-term pain.

Ben MacNevin is an Analyst with Montgomery Investment Management. To invest with Montgomery, find out more.

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