Light Rail revolution continues on George street

1 April 2016

The transformation of George Street continues this week with CBD and South East Light Rail construction extending in the northern end of the Sydney CBD.

CBD Coordinator General Marg Prendergast reminded Sydneysiders that work will start tonight between Bridge and Margaret streets (Zone 3).

“As work starts on the next section of George Street, we’re asking those who live, work and travel in the CBD to continue to change their behaviour by using alternate routes on the edge of the CBD, travelling outside of peak times, and leaving the car at home and using public transport,” Ms Prendergast said.

“As we progressively close George Street for light rail construction the pressure on the rest of the CBD road network will increase – by the end of this year the CBD will be a completely different place, with construction ongoing or completed across nine zones on George Street.

“Those who drive into the CBD need to consider the changes to ensure city streets remain free-flowing for those who need them most: buses, taxis, emergency services, delivery vehicles and tradespeople.

“We’re asking motorists to be aware that from 10pm tomorrow night to 6am Saturday morning, George Street will be closed in both directions between Bridge Street and King Street to set up the zone worksite.

“From 6am Saturday morning, George Street will be closed southbound between Bridge and Margaret streets, with one northbound lane to remain open to allow access for general traffic to Bridge Street and The Rocks.

“The Grosvenor Street and Bridge Street intersection will remain open and there are no changes to access to and from the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

“Motorists wishing to access George Street southbound between Hunter Street and King Street are advised to use Bridge, Pitt and Hunter streets.”

The following road changes will be implemented from 10pm tonight:

  • A single general traffic lane will be maintained northbound on George Street, between Bridge and Margaret streets.
  • No southbound traffic will be permitted on George Street between Bridge and Margaret streets.
  • Bond Street will close at George Street; access will be maintained from Pitt Street.
  • Jamison Street will close at George Street and convert to two-way traffic with access from York Street.
  • There will be no left turn from Lang Street into Jamison Street.
  • Access to buildings, driveways and pedestrian footpaths will be maintained in Zone 3.

Those travelling to and visiting the northern end of the CBD should also be aware of the changes on Jamison Street including the removal of on-street parking and the relocation of the Jamison Street taxi rank.

Major construction on the 12-kilometre light rail route from Circular Quay to Randwick and Kingsford is expected to be completed by 2018, with the first services carrying passengers in early 2019.