Landmark year sets the scene for CBD transformation

18 December 2015

A message from CBD Coordinator General Marg Prendergast

2015 has been a ground-breaking year of work in the Sydney CBD, with historic changes made to our city’s transport and traffic arrangements.

Sydney needs a transport network that meets the needs of a modern city and in the past 12 months we have taken significant steps to achieve this.

In October, major construction began on the CBD and South East Light Rail, when we closed the first section of George Street. In the same month we also introduced a new CBD bus network. This was the biggest overhaul of the city centre bus network in almost 30 years and involved some kind of change for most customers.

I’d like to thank everyone who uses our CBD for working with us and adjusting to these changes.  I’ve been heartened by the attitudes and actions of Sydneysiders, who have changed their travel behaviours by re-timing, re-moding, re-routing and reducing their need for car travel.

Throughout the year, critical road upgrades have been taking place to prepare Sydney CBD roads for major changes, including the introduction of light rail. The CBD Coordination Office, established in May to coordinate traffic and transport during the construction of light rail and other major projects, has been working to keep our city moving while these works take place.

Our Light Rail Activation Program has provided support for businesses affected by light rail construction, with pop-up spaces, entertainment and activities bringing the construction zones to life. This area of George Street has been buzzing with activity and we’ll continue to work with businesses along the length of the light rail route.

Train station upgrades at Wynyard Station and Museum Station began this year, and the new Castlereagh Street South and Liverpool Street cycleways opened for use in September. Work has also been steadily progressing on Wynyard Walk, with the link due to open next year, connecting pedestrians with  Barangaroo Ferry Hub

Next year, major construction will begin on Barangaroo Ferry Hub, as well as the light rail in Randwick and Kingsford. There will be fresh challenges ahead, but I’d like to reassure customers, residents and businesses our dedicated teams are working to carefully coordinate the work, minimise disruption and keep our city running as smoothly as possible.

Once again, I’d like to thank everyone who uses the CBD for their patience during this period of change.  I’d also like to thank our transport partners: Roads and Maritime Services; NSW Police and Emergency Services; Sydney Trains, NSW Trains, City of Sydney, Sydney Buses, Hillsbus, Forest Coaches and all of our colleagues across Transport for NSW.

The last few months have shown if we plan ahead we can keep the city operating effectively - and I’m confident we can keep working together to build a better Sydney.