Keeping Sydney moving: Planning ahead is key

In the next 10 years, an extra 1 million people will call Sydney home. To cope with this extraordinary growth, Sydney’s transport network is undergoing major changes.

A series of transport infrastructure projects are being delivered by the NSW Government including:

  • light rail from Circular Quay to Kingsford and Randwick
  • a new bus network with priority city centre routes
  • major upgrades to key city centre train stations
  • the Wynyard Walk pedestrian link to Barangaroo
  • a CBD capacity improvement plan
  • the Barangaroo Ferry Hub
  • the construction of Sydney Metro and a new harbour tunnel
  • the first separated cycleway with a continuous connection from the north to the south of the city centre.

These developments will have an impact on everyone who lives, works and travels in the city centre, however by planning ahead you can play a role in keeping Sydney moving.

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Sydney's main street

City Transformation aims to unlock the city centre’s potential so it becomes a more attractive, vibrant and connected place to live, work and visit.

Light rail and the pedestrianisation of George Street is a crucial part of this. It will dramatically improve city amenity, particularly in and around George Street. 


For more information and to provide feedback about the light rail project visit Transport for NSW Tomorrow's Sydney or contact the project team via:

The Transport for NSW Community Information Centre is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm (closed public holidays). 

Benefits of City transformation

Extensive community consultation on our vision for George Street to support the NSW Government's plans for light rail highlighted 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 frequent themes including:

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

Sydney Metro

When Sydney Metro is extended into the city centre and beyond in 2024, metro rail will run from Sydney’s booming north-west region under Sydney Harbour, through new underground stations in the city centre and beyond to the south-west.

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 City Centre Public Art 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 NSW Government has set up local community and business forums.

Last updated: Tuesday, 9 October 2018