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) 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.
The George Street Concept Design Plan, available for download below, details more about the vision for a revitalised George Street.
The City is working with Transport for NSW to finalise the project design to ensure it delivers the best possible outcome.
City Transformation projects
Transport for NSW's Environmental Impact Statement for the Sydney CBD and South-East Light Rail Project is now on public exhibition until 16 December 2013. We encourage you to make a formal submission to the Department of Environmental Planning and Infrastructure.
The NSW Government has determined light rail is a viable transport option for Sydney. In reaching its 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. You may notice some investigative works taking place around the proposed light rail route, such as surveying and paint marking activities.
Public art commissioned under the City Centre Public Art Plan that includes George Street, available for download below, will play a major role in the transformation. The City will invest more than $9 million over the next 10 years in public artworks to breathe new life into streets, squares and laneways.
Renowned international curator, Barbara Flynn, has prepared a plan for central Sydney that could see a spectacular artwork span the length of George Street, public art across the main east-west connecting streets and artworks in partnership with cultural organisations and private developers.
We are also working to attract small businesses to further activate our streets and lanes through continuing our program of laneway upgrades and revitalisation. We have already been successful in advocating for changes to licensing laws to allow small bars and restaurants that 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.
|City Centre Public Art Plan||PDF 7.5 MB||Download|
|George Street Concept Design Part 1||PDF 9.0 MB||Download|
|George Street Concept Design Part 2||PDF 9.2 MB||Download|
|George Street Concept Design Part 3||PDF 10.0 MB||Download|
Last updated: Wednesday, 11 December 2013