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Transforming George Street

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George Street will be the centrepiece of the NSW Government’s mass transport light rail network in Central Sydney – connecting Randwick in the east, and Dulwich Hill in the West, to Central Station and onwards to Circular Quay.

The City’s bold design of George Street will reclaim tens of thousands of square metres of road space, transforming George Street from a noisy, congested and polluted traffic corridor into Sydney’s premier street – a destination in its own right.

The City of Sydney is working closely with Transport for NSW to ensure our vision of a 21st Century George Street is realised.

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Public Exhibition - Environmental Impact Statement


Transport for NSW's Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Sydney CBD and South East Light Rail Project is now on Public Exhibition.

The EIS for the Project outlines the key features of the proposal; assesses the Project's potential environmental impacts during construction and operation; and recommends measures to minimise and manage these potential impacts.

The EIS has been lodged with the Department of Planning and Infrastructure and is on public exhibition from 14 November until 16 December. After the exhibition the Department will prepare a report addressing the submissions.

We encourage you to make a formal submission to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure. To view the EIS and make a submission go to www.majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au

Transport for NSW will also be hosting several community information sessions during the public exhibition. For more information about the community information sessions please visit the TfNSW website.

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CBD and South East Light Rail contract process begins

TfNSW Artist Impression

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today announced that the NSW Government’s $1.6 billion CBD and South East Light Rail project had taken another important step with procurement for the two major contracts now underway.

The major contract will cover design, construction, services relocations, operation and maintenance of the 12-kilometre project, as well as the operation and maintenance of the Inner West Light Rail network, and will be delivered as a Public Private Partnership subject to value for money.

Click here to read the full media release

Surveying and early investigative works


The City of Sydney and Transport for NSW are working together to realise our vision for the future of George Street.

George Street will be the centrepiece of the NSW Government’s mass transport light rail network in Central Sydney. This network will connect Randwick in the east and Dulwich Hill in the west, to Central Station and Circular Quay.

The City’s bold new George Street design will reclaim tens of thousands of square metres of road space and transform George Street from a noisy, congested and polluted traffic corridor, into Sydney’s premier street destination.

You may notice some investigative works taking placing around the proposed route such as surveying and paint marking activities. Please visit the TfNSW website for more information on any works currently happening in your area. 


New York's streets? Not so mean any more

Time Square NYC

As commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation, Janette Sadik-Khan is responsible for transforming the streets, highways, bridges, signs and bright lights of NYC.

Ms Sadik-Khan recently spoke about her role in the successful transformation of New York City, particularly in and around Time Square, at a TED Talk earlier this month.

You can watch her talk on the TED website at http://bit.ly/15YdsVW

George Street Concept Design


The recent Next Stop: 21st Century George Street Public Exhibition showcased the City's vision for George Street through an interactive display at Customs House, as well as pop-up displays in the city centre, and an online consultation hub.

Extensive community consultation on the City's vision for George Street to support the NSW Government’s plans for light rail has highlighted a firm desire for a well-designed, attractive plaza lined with trees, street furniture and public art.

Consultation Report detailing the outcomes of the consultation was presented to Council for noting in September 2013. The report shows that 645 comments were received through the exhibition period, with 56% of comments positive, 26% offering suggestions and 18% were negative.

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Transport for NSW - Community Information Sessions


Thanks to everyone who went along to the TfNSW Pre-EIS Community Information Sessions.

For more information please visit TfNSW's website.

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George Street Transformation - Next Steps

The Public Exhibition of Next Stop: 21st Century George Street has now closed. Thanks to everyone who visited Customs House or submitted feedback during the exhibition. In total, we received over 500 comments!

We will now wrap up all the feedback received and report the findings to Council. The consultation report will then be handed over to Transport for NSW (TfNSW) along with the final version of the City's George Street Concept Design.

TfNSW has recently started on the Environmental Assessment, which is expected to be on public exhibition in late 2013.

We will be updating this page regularly to keep you informed on everything George Street and light rail related. The Question and Answer section on this page will remain open, so please feel free to ask questions about light rail.

Next Stop: 21st Century George Street (free exhibition at Customs House)

Artist Impression - Cinema

The City of Sydney has a vision to transform George Street into a vibrant, world-class public space – featuring light rail, more trees, and more space for people.

Working closely with Transport for NSW, the City has developed a detailed plan for the entire length of George Street. Wider footpaths and dedicated pedestrian zones will allow for more seating, tree planting and new outdoor dining areas.

The City is hosting a free public exhibition at Customs House, Circular Quay which will be open from 4 April to 3 May 2013 (closed Anzac Day). The purpose of the exhibition is to present the City’s vision of George Street in an interactive and engaging environment and gather feedback on the strategies, concepts and features envisaged for George Street as proposed in the draft George Street Concept Design.

The exhibition will be staffed between 12:30pm and 1:30pm weekdays and between 5pm and 6pm every Thursday evening until 3 May 2013 (except Anzac Day).

You can make an enquiry or written submission by completing our feedback form or by email: GeorgeStreet@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

On Exhibition - Draft George Street Concept Design


As Australia’s global city, Sydney deserves a world-class main street. The City is working with the NSW State Government to bring light rail to George Street, including introducing pedestrianised sections between Bathurst Street and Hunter Street.

The Draft George Street Concept Design sets out the principles that are intended to guide the detailed design of George Street. It includes the City’s preferred options relating to types and configuration of street trees, paving, public art, public domain furniture, lighting and signage. The concept design will be subject to further development and coordination with Transport for NSW (TfNSW).

The Draft George Street Concept Design was endorsed by Council in December 2012. Due to the holiday season, the public exhibition will be extended into early 2013 and will be phased to include an exhibition display during April 2013.

Click here to view the Concept Design.

You can make an enquiry or written submission by email: GeorgeStreet@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au. Click here if you require more information on how to make a submission.

City Conversation, The Big Decision - How to fix Sydney's transport

Green Light for Light Rail

Thanks to the 700 people who attended the City Conversation on 19 November in Sydney Town Hall. Check out the podcast of the night - featuring transport experts and a panel discussion on what can be done to get Sydney back on track.

The City of Sydney has a plan for transport in our city which supports much of the NSW Government’s Draft Long Term Transport Master Plan.

The NSW Government is also considering proposals put forward by Infrastructure NSW, which include a tunnel for buses beneath George Street with just two stops and exhaust stacks.

The City’s plan would turn George Street into a pedestrian and public transport boulevard to replace buses with light rail, ease congestion and support business.