George Street opens up for Christmas16 October 2017
Major light rail construction will be completed on George Street between King and Park Streets by early December, opening up more space for pedestrians in the busy Christmas period.
By 3 December, fencing and barriers in this stretch (zones 5 and 6) will be removed, with the exception of those around the light rail stop outside the QVB, where they are required for safety reasons.
The extra space will allow for more shoppers and Christmas activities at this popular time of year, and will also provide a first glimpse of the new pedestrian boulevard.
Extensive and complex utility work in these zones has proven a challenge for crews since construction began, but the completion of civil construction in these two zones marks a major milestone for the project.
In order to open up the space over the busy retail period, some work will be held over until the New Year. From 2 January, discrete sections of fencing and barriers will be put in place while crews complete the QVB stop, as well as paving, smart poles and systems work in these zones.
Across town in Surry Hills, light rail crews are also working hard to substantially complete civil construction in zone 15, Devonshire Street between Chalmers and Elizabeth Streets, by the end of the year.
Fencing will be removed in late December, allowing more space for pedestrians and improving access to the shops and restaurants in this bustling shopping precinct.
Some finishing works will continue in the New Year, including smart pole installation, paving and landscaping.