Sydney's main street

City Transformation aims to unlock the city centre’s potential so it becomes a place people will want to go – a place that welcomes everybody.

The initiative comprises a combination of programs and civic improvements (capital works) that will help central Sydney become more liveable, vibrant and connected.

Crucial to this is the introduction of light rail in George Street, which will dramatically improve city amenity, particularly in and around George Street.

Benefits of City transformation

Extensive community consultation on our vision for George Street to support the NSW Government's plans for light rail higlighted a firm desire for a well-designed, attractive plaza lined with trees, street furniture and public art.

A report on the plans for George Street received feedback from 645 people, with 56% of comments positive, 26% offering suggestions and 18% were negative.

Frequent themes that emerged from the consultation included:

  • high level support to remove buses and install light rail to improve pedestrian access
  • excitement about George Street becoming a new destination to meet, socialise, dine and shop
  • support for a visually attractive 'wire-free' light rail system in pedestrian areas
  • using trees and public art to create a sense of space along what will become Sydney's major boulevard.
City Transformation also includes the future delivery of major public squares at Town Hall, Railway Square and Circular Quay.

City transformation projects

George Street works

George Street will undergo one of the biggest transformations ever seen in Sydney when the light rail line is introduced. The revamped street will become an easy way to travel between key attractions from the the harbour through the city centre to Chinatown. 

Light rail

The new CBD and South East Light Rail will travel from Circular Quay along George Street to Central Station and on to Moore Park, then to Kingsford via Anzac Parade and Randwick via Alison Road and High Street.

Buses and cycleways

The State Government's City Centre Access Strategy outlines how it plans to better integrate Sydney's transport modes through the city centre.

City centre public art

Public art will play a major role in the city transformation. The City has announced the first 3 projects under the $9.3 million plan, which was developed in collaboration with renowned international curator, Barbara Flynn. The works are expected to be installed from 2017, in line with the implementation of the light rail line on George Street.

Community information

You can continue to have your say and stay up-to-date about light rail construction works. The State Government has set up local community and business forums.

Last updated: Friday, 17 October 2014