The Sydney CBD and South East Light Rail (CSELR) project will introduce a 12-kilometre light rail service from Circular Quay to Kingsford and Randwick.
Over half a million trips are made into Sydney’s city centre per weekday, with around 200,000 of these occurring during the morning peak, most of whom are carried on trains or buses. The buses are overcrowded, unreliable and cause congestion in the CBD. This congestion constrains growth and productivity and degrades the amenity of central Sydney. In addition, there is insufficient and unreliable access to key destinations within the inner south east, including Moore Park, the University of NSW and Randwick Health Precinct.
The CSELR will introduce a 12-kilometre light rail service from Circular Quay to Kingsford and Randwick. It will facilitate and support reorganisation of bus services within the CBD and the south-east region and specifically the way buses run through the CBD, which in turn supports the development of a pedestrian boulevard along George Street. Together, these projects will bring significant change, not just to transport users but to the urban development and economic pulse of the city.
As the centrepiece of the Sydney City Centre Access Strategy and the project upon which all other critical initiatives relied, it was critical to develop the CSELR business case in an extremely short timeframe to enable the government to proceed to delivery with confidence and as soon as possible.
Advisian acted as the Business Case Manager for the CSELR Project, which involved coordinating and critically reviewing all the inputs into an integrated and coherent justification for the project, and demonstrating that it could be delivered. These disciplines canvassed transport operations, rolling stock, economic and financial, urban renewal, sustainability, environmental management, risk, operations and capital costs, procurement and stakeholders.
As the Business Case Manager, we identified requirements, oversaw their production and critically reviewed the inputs to the overall business case for submission and approval through TfNSW and NSW Treasury. A key part of this role was to manage the TfNSW Final Business Case Assurance (Gateway) Review.
Advisian was also engaged on a number of roles supporting the business case which involved:
- Leading the Shadow Operations team including specifying customer, transport operations and rolling stock requirements
- Developing the delivery strategy
- Independent review of capital costs
- Development and management of third party agreements with utilities and participating stakeholders
- Providing commercial and transaction support
- Preparation and coordination of documentation to support the TfNSW Assurance Review – Gate 3 Final Business Case