Light rail construction takes advantage of a quiet CBD

18 December 2015

The light rail construction team in the CBD will use the quiet holiday period to focus on essential work requiring road closures.

CBD Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said there will be continuous road and lane closures from 2 to 11 January and 15 to 18 January, with major utility work taking in George Street, between King and Essex streets.

“Conducting this essential work during the holiday period is vital as it ensures light rail construction impacts are condensed to low traffic periods minimising disruption,” Ms Prendergast said.

“It will also reduce the need for weekend and night work, requiring road closures, later in the construction period.

“In the past 12 months we have extensively reviewed the CBD transport network, implemented major changes, including the new CBD Bus Plan, and also have a number of contingency plans to manage congestion and escalate issues in the city centre.

“We are confident delays will be kept to a minimum, particularly for those returning to work on 4 January, but we do need commuters to be mindful of the detours and road closures in place.

“Light Rail work in George Street will stop from 23 December so not to disrupt Christmas and the Boxing Day sales, however some localised work will continue for a private development on George Street just south of King Street.

“We’ll close Market Street to traffic on Boxing Day between Elizabeth and York streets to allow for the influx of shoppers expected in the CBD, and we’ll completely remove our construction zones in George Street for New Year’s Eve to help keep pedestrians moving through the city during the biggest event of the year.

 “While construction continues throughout the CBD in 2016, our priority is to keep the CBD moving and make sure people are informed about the best ways to travel in and around the city.”

George Street will be temporarily closed to general traffic from Essex Street to King Street from 1am on 2 January to 5am on 11 January and from 10pm on 15 January to 5am on 18 January.

George Street remains permanently closed to traffic between Park and King streets.

Key road network changes:

  • Hunter Street will be closed between Pitt and George streets.
  • Jamison Street will be closed at George Street and changed to two-way traffic with access provided from Lang Street.
  • Lane closures will be in place on Bridge Street/Grosvenor Street at George Street 2-11 January only, with east/west movements maintained during the day. At night, between 10pm and 5am, eastbound access may be closed.
  • Bond Street will be closed at George Street with Bond Street turned into two-way traffic for the duration of the work.
  • Margaret Street will be closed between York and George streets. Access to Wynyard Lane will be maintained via Wynyard Street, Carrington Street and Margaret Street.
  • Local access will remain in all cases.

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