George Street

George Street

Current works

Stay up to date on the NSW Government’s works in the CBD for Sydney Light Rail.

George Street transforms

The NSW Government has begun work on a $2.1 billion light rail line, connecting Randwick with Circular Quay. Transport for NSW is offering free, bespoke travel advice to local businesses to help manage the impact of the construction in the city centre.

George Street will undergo one of the biggest transformations ever seen in Sydney when the light rail line is built. The City of Sydney has committed $220 million to the public domain elements of the project and is working closely with the NSW Government to create inviting public spaces where people want to live, shop, visit and do business.

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 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 when it's completed.

George Street concept design

The 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. Customs House hosted a temporary exhibition display 'Next Stop: 21st Century George Street', from 4 April to 3 May 2013. Feedback gathered from the exhibition was reported to Council and provided to Transport for NSW. The concept design was adpoted by Council in September 2013.

The City's George Street 2020: A Public Domain Activation Strategy supports the George Street concept design. It aims to provide landowners and tenants with a vision for how George Street will become a pedestrian boulevard, with light rail running through it, and how future developments can make the most of this vision. This strategy was on public exhibition from 15 December 2014 to 30 April 2015. Feedback informed the final strategy, which was endorsed by Council in August 2015.


Transport for NSW light rail team:
1800 684 490


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Last updated: Wednesday, 26 April 2017