Light rail construction makes its way to Martin Place

5 July 2016

The start of work between Hunter and King streets means George Street is now closed from Circular Quay to the QVB for construction of the CBD & South East Light Rail.

CBD Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said the beginning of construction on George Street near Martin Place (zone 4) represented significant progress for the project.

“Since October last year, we’ve closed five sections of George Street and by mid-July we will have closed almost two kilometres of one of Sydney’s oldest streets," Ms Prendergast said.

“As expected, it hasn’t been without its challenges including utilities and drainage. As light rail construction progresses we continue to find a maze of utilities underneath George Street which need to be removed or protected before new services can be installed.”

Ms Prendergast urged drivers to consider public transport or look to travel outside of peak hours.

“With more construction to come along George Street towards China Town and Central, as well as regular weekend intersection work, we strongly advise motorists to swap to public transport,” Ms Prendergast said.

“If you do have to drive, we advise to travel outside of the peak and to use College Street, Eddy Avenue, Western Distributor, Cahill Expressway and Cross City Tunnel to move around the CBD, to keep the centre free for delivery vehicles and taxis.”

George Street remains closed to general traffic, between King and Park streets (zones 5 and 6) and to southbound traffic between Alfred and Margaret streets (zones 2 and 3) in the north of the CBD.

On 15 July, construction along George Street will start between Park and Bathurst streets (zone 7) and between Bathurst and Liverpool streets (zone 8). A single northbound lane will be maintained for general traffic between Bathurst and Liverpool streets only.

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

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