Connecting our city

Public transport services and major roads in the local area are already running close to capacity, and at peak times, close to breaking point.

An integrated transport network needs to be put in place now to create a sustainable city and accommodate the high growth in residents, workers and visitors to the local area in the future. We are lobbying the State Government to deliver stronger public transport links in our area.

Connecting our City is a 25-year integrated transport and land use strategy endorsed by Council which will help the City plan for central Sydney’s future. The plan includes statistics that reinforce why the local area needs better public transport options. You can download the summary report. We have included some of the report's major points below.

Please note: The connecting our city summary report is a supporting document to our Environmental Action 2016–2021 strategy and action plan, which is the City's most up-to-date set of environmental targets and actions.

City centre and public transport

Building more roads into the city centre is not an answer to crowded public transport because this will only encourage more people to drive. Congestion already costs residents and businesses $3.5 billion each year and this amount will swell to $8 billion by 2020.

Sydney’s GDP is $250 billion each year. This is one quarter of the nation’s and two-thirds of our state’s GDP. Doing nothing is not an option because the future of Australia’s biggest city will be under threat.

We are encouraging people to travel by public transport, bike or foot to ensure our home remains sustainable and attractive while still meeting the needs of businesses that have set up shop in the local area.

Supporting sustainable transport options

We encourage sustainable transport networks by:

  • making pedestrians a priority and creating wider, safer footpaths
  • creating safe and accessible cycling paths
  • rewarding sustainable transport, including low-emission vehicles and those taking part in car share
  • transforming George Street into a wide, pedestrian-friendly boulevard with a light rail link that will connect 3 town squares at Railway Square (Central train station), Sydney Town Hall and Circular Quay
  • working with the state government for better public transport options that are more convenient and able to carry more passengers.


Sebastian Smyth
City Access and Transport Executive Manager02 9246 7703

Last updated: Wednesday, 16 May 2018