Sydney Light Rail Update

BY Australian Retailers Association
21 June 2016

sydney light railSydney CBD and South East Light Rail construction is in full swing, with George St, from Circular Quay to Liverpool St, to be occupied with construction sites from mid-July.

CBD Coordinator General, Marg Prendergast, says three more construction zones are set to start on George St next month.

"We are really ramping up the work to get this project built, enhancing the transport network in Sydney,” Ms Prendergast said.

“As expected, building light rail down one of the oldest streets in Australia’s biggest city isn’t without challenges. With construction well underway in four sections along George St already, we are satisfied with the progress given this challenging environment, but there’s still a lot more to come.”

Major construction of light rail commenced in October 2015 and involved the progressive closure of George Street from King to Park streets to develop a pedestrian zone as part of the project. Construction has continued to expand since then to Circular Quay and will now expand towards Chinatown next month.

“This is an important milestone for our project with George St being one of the most complex and important sections of construction.
“With work now expanding from King St to Hunter St on July 1, Park St to Bathurst St and from Bathurst to Liverpool St on July 15, we know this will put an additional strain on Sydney.

“Of course with the construction of a major project like this some disruption is expected and we’d like to thank Sydneysiders for continuing to work with us by avoiding the peak travel periods and leaving the car at home.

“As construction of light rail extends towards Central and Surry Hills, the impact on our roads is increasing. Driving may not be the best option.

“If you do have to drive, we advise using College St, Eddy Ave, Western Distributor, Cahill Expressway and Cross City Tunnel to move around the CBD, leaving the centre of town free for delivery vehicles, taxis and those that need to be there.

“We’ve been working closely with the residents, businesses and the council since this project began to ensure they are fully aware of the impacts of construction and know the best ways to get in and around the city.

“We’re also using every opportunity to remind visitors, shoppers and tourists that while George Street is changing, it is still very much the heart of our city,” Ms Prendergast.

George St construction expansion will include:

  • 1 July: a work site will be established on George St between King and Hunter streets (zone 4) closing the road to general traffic
  • 15 July: a work site will be established on George St, between Park and Bathurst streets (zone 7) with the road closed to general traffic
  • 15 July: a work site will be established on George St, between Bathurst and Liverpool streets (zone 8) with the road closed to southbound traffic. A single northbound lane will be maintained for general traffic.
  • East-west corridors, including Bridge and Grosvenor streets, King St, Market St and Park St will predominately remain open during construction. Night time and weekend closures will be required to complete intersection work.

George Street remains closed to general traffic, between King and Park streets (zone 5 and 6) and to southbound traffic between Grosvenor and Alfred streets (zone 2) and Bridge and Margaret streets (zone 3) in the north of the CBD.

Further construction along George St into Chinatown and towards Central Station is expected to commence by the end of 2016.

Major construction on the 12km light rail route from Circular Quay to Randwick and Kingsford is expected to be completed and operating by 2019.

For more information about the light rail project or travelling around the CBD visit www.mysydney.com.au

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