New Light Rail works from The Quay to George street10 March 2016
CBD Coordinator General Marg Prendergast has urged CBD workers to leave their cars at home, as construction of the CBD and South East Light Rail expands along George Street.
Work will begin from Friday night between Grosvenor and Alfred streets (Zone 2) in the north of the CBD.
Ms Prendergast said 2016 would be “the year of significant construction for George Street” and asked Sydneysiders to work together as the project takes shape.
“Sydney’s CBD workers have done a great job so far in changing their behaviour by utilising alternate routes around the edge of the CBD and travelling outside of peak times, but as construction continues, leaving the car at home becomes even more vital to help keep Sydney moving,” Ms Prendergast said.
“As more work zones are established on George Street, the pressure on the rest of the CBD road network grows. By late this year, George Street will effectively be one big construction zone from Circular Quay to Chinatown.
“Those who have an alternative to driving to the city during peak periods need to start seriously preparing to change, so CBD streets remain free-flowing for those who need them most: buses, taxis, delivery vehicles and tradespeople.”
From Friday 11 March, George Street will close southbound between Grosvenor and Alfred streets, with one northbound lane to remain open, allowing access to The Rocks. But those visiting The Rocks and Walsh Bay may find they prefer to travel via Sussex Street and Hickson Road.
Leaving The Rocks on George Street, southbound traffic will be diverted left into Alfred Street and then right onto Pitt Street, with the option for them to continue south on Pitt Street or turn either direction into Bridge Street.
George Street remains closed to general traffic, between King and Park streets, permanently. Plans to increase the George Street pedestrian-only zone and further expand the permanent closure from Park Street to Bathurst Street (Zone 7) are currently in design with work expected to commence in July 2016.
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.
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