Sydney's light rail construction is likely to be delayed after excavators found buried human remains buried

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Excavators working on Sydney’s new light rail network have discovered human remains underneath the road’s surface.

The remains, found on Chalmers Street in Surry Hills, are believed to be part of the former Devonshire Street Cemetery, which was consecrated in 1820, disestablished in 1867, and mostly relocated in 1901 for the construction of Central Station, according to the SMH.

Police are not treating the remains as suspicious.

However the discovery is likely to delay light rail construction. All work has been temporarily suspended in the area until archaeological investigations have been completed.

It will only resume once relevant approvals have been obtained.

This latest setback is just one in a procession of complications surrounding the project.

Initial time frames for the completion of the project were changed from March 2019 to May 2020.

It was also found that a trip on the light rail could take nine minutes longer, as the tram cars won’t have priority at traffic lights once construction is complete.

In 2016, an audit found that budget planning “was inadequate,” leading to an incredible $517 million cost blowout.

Retailers have also claimed that their profits have been hurt as a result of the delays in construction, and have sued the NSW Government for compensation.

The SMH has more.

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