George Street transforms
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 City of Sydney welcomed the NSW Government's announcement that work will soon begin on a $1.6 billion light rail line, connecting Randwick with Circular Quay. George Street will undergo one of the biggest transformations ever seen in Sydney when the light rail line is built. The City has committed $220 million to the project and will work closely with the State Government.
Modern trams will run every 2 minutes during peak hour and make connections to buses and trains. Thousands of people will be moved every hour without the noise and delays of current transport infrastructure.
The main George Street strip will be pedestrianised between Hunter and Bathurst streets and footpaths will be widened. Existing driveway access for buildings will be maintained while roads travelling east and west will remain open to vehicles. Delivery vehicles and taxis servicing the Hilton will travel along George Street as normal.
Greater space for pedestrians along the street will mean local cafés and restaurants can introduce outdoor dining areas.
The revamped George Street will become an easy way to travel between key attractions from The Rocks and Circular Quay to the city centre’s retail heart and down to Chinatown. Light rail will also link hotels to the renewed Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The draft concept design sets out the principles intended to guide the new George Street plan. It includes the City’s preferred options for street trees and furniture, paving, public art, lighting and signage. The concept design was endorsed by Council in December 2012.
Customs House hosted a temporary exhibition display 'Next Stop: 21st Century George Street', between 4 April to 3 May 2013.
The exhibition featured large display walls, image panels, banners, models and digital displays to showcase the City's vision for George Street. The feedback gathered from the exhibition was reported to Council and a consultation report was provided to Transport for NSW in September 2013
Transport for NSW details more information on current works being undertaken, including surveying and investigative works.
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See how light rail and space for people will revitalise George Street in Sydney as a great place to visit, live, work and do business.
If we could have light rail then, we can have it now.
Last updated: Thursday, 5 December 2013