Proposal to extend the George Street pedestrian boulevard – Hunter Street to Essex Street, Sydney

Project Status: Closed

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Why we’re doing this

The City of Sydney and the NSW Goverment invited your feedback on our proposal to extend the pedestrian boulevard of George Street from Hunter Street, Wynyard to Essex Street.

This proposal builds on the success of the completed George Street boulevard between Hunter Street and Rawson Place. It will include:

  • 5,900m² of new pedestrian space
  • wider footpaths by restricting through traffic
  • up to 20 new trees
  • new street furniture.

This proposal will see our vision of a fully pedestrianised George Street from Circular Quay to Central a step closer, with over 20,000m² of former roadway reclaimed for people.

The front of a tram on the left coming from Circular Quay enters the pedestrian boulevard with many people walking, including people seated on new seats with new trees lining George Street.
Artist’s impressioncompleted pedestrian boulevard next to Australia Square on George Street. 

What we’re doing

Proposed changes to traffic arrangements along George Street include:

  • removing access for vehicles in George Street between Hunter Street and Essex Street
  • closing the intersections of Hunter, Margaret, Bond and Jamison streets with George Street
  • introducing turn restrictions at the intersections of George Street and Bridge Street
  • southbound traffic on George Street from The Rocks will be required to turn right at Essex Street.

You can find full details of the traffic changes in George Street and its surrounding streets in the concept design and local access plan. 

Concept designPDF · 7.14 MB · Last modified

Proposed plan of the new pedestrian areas.

Local access planPDF · 8.79 MB · Last modified

Proposed traffic and access arrangements.

Review of environmental factorsPDF · 2.11 MB · Last modified

Addresses impacts of the proposal and how they will be managed.

How you can give feedback

Consultation closed at 5pm on Wednesday 16 November 2022.

You can give feedback in the following ways.

Feedback may be published in publicly available reports at the end of the consultation period. Your name or organisation’s name may appear in these reports with your feedback attributed. If you would like your feedback to be kept confidential, please let us know when making your submission.

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