City Transformation and light rail
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) which 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
This project, to be delivered by the NSW Government in consultation with the City, will:
- Increase space for pedestrians
- Reduce the amount of buses and cars and associated pollution in the city centre
- Provide an opportunity to introduce trees, furniture, outdoor dining areas, improved lighting and artwork, creating a major city ‘spine’.
City Transformation projects
The NSW Government has determined light rail is a viable transport option for Sydney. In reaching this decision, the NSW Government reviewed the growing pressures on Sydney including population growth, the impacts of congestion on the city’s economy and liveability as well as improvements needed in the local area’s public transport network.
We are also working to attract small businesses to further activate our streets and lanes and are continuing a program of laneway upgrades and revitalisation.
We have already been successful in advocating for changes to licensing laws to allow small bars and restaurants which are reshaping central Sydney’s nightlife.
City Transformation also includes the future delivery of major public squares at Town Hall, Railway Square and Circular Quay.
Last updated: Friday, 24 May 2013