'You had one job': Light rail workers mocked over simple mistake

Tom Flanagan
News Reporter

As the controversial, over-budget Sydney Light Rail work nears completion, a passerby has taken a photo of tram markings which encapsulates the ongoing woes of the project.

Testing of the new fleet of trams has been taking place in recent weeks, with the finishing touches being applied to the line that connects Circular Quay with Randwick.

And while Transport Minister Andrew Constance continues to speak of the delayed project’s success, new markings to identify which way trams will travel along Devonshire Street near Central station has become the latest source of embarrassment.

During a seemingly easy task, workers have incorrectly placed the westbound marking in the middle of the two sets of tracks, instead of in between the westbound rails.

In another blunder on the Light Rail project, these train markings were in the wrong place. Source: Reddit/ vikkki

As it stands, the markings appear to indicate the trams in either direction would share a rail.

A Transport for NSW spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia they are aware of the issue and contractors ALTRAC will be rectifying the markings.

While the error is only minor in comparison to the grand scale of the project, the mistake will surely prompt further irritation for Sydneysiders who have watched the project skyrocket from its initial $1.6billion budget to a cost of $2.7b as well as being delivered well over a year after its initial due date.

One of the new trams at Circular Quay. Source: AAP

The image, which was shared to Reddit earlier this week, was ridiculed by the site’s users with many noting the error will only add to the eye-watering expenditure of the project.

“Looks like an extra $100m to fix,” oner person joked, with someone responding “and another six months”.

One person predicted at least four workers would have been involved, a nod to continuous allegations of idle workers on the project.

“A sign of things to come?” one person questioned.

“Should have gone to Specsavers,” added another.

“You had one job,” one person said.

Earlier this month, Marg Prendergast, Coordinator General at Transport for NSW, warned pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to pay extra attention to safety as the trams begin to be rolled out onto Sydney’s streets.

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