27 July 2017

One of Sydney’s oldest intersections, King Street and George Street, will completely close this weekend for light rail track to be laid in what is a major turning point for the CBD and South East Light Rail construction on George Street.

Roads Minister and Acting Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Melinda Pavey said the time has come to focus on the intersections.

“So far we have focused on block closures for construction, keeping intersections open for traffic flow, but now with more than 8.5 kilometres of track laid across the route, it’s time to get into the intersections,” Ms Pavey said.

“This is the first full closure for one of the CBD’s busiest intersection, and our plan is to get in and get out by Monday morning to minimise disruption for retailers, pedestrians and motorists.

“The progress of the project on George Street over the last six months has been phenomenal and we are thanking all of those who live and work in the area for their patience as we gradually finish up and start to pull back the barriers.”

Motorists are being advised of the closure of King Street between Clarence to Pitt Streets from 10pm Friday 28 July to 5am Monday 31 July for light rail works.

Transport Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said the works at the intersection will mean general traffic will not be able to access the area however local access will be maintained to the area at all times via alternative routes.

“We are advising motorists that during this period of construction, access to King Street between Clarence and Pitt will be restricted and alternative routes across the city should be used,” Ms Prendergast said

“Motorists who are travelling to the city via the Anzac Bridge should use the City Centre exit to Bathurst Street, while those travelling to the East of the city from the north should use the Cahill Expressway or Grosvenor and Bridge Streets.

Drivers are also being warned that special event clearways will be in place on Clarence, Kent, Sussex, Bathurst, Margaret and Jamison Streets and any vehicle parked in these clearways will be towed with fines being applied.

“We don’t want people to get caught out when parking in this area, so we’re reminding everyone to check twice for special clearway signs in the area before they park and not park in any of these special clearways.”

Those using public transport are also advised that the Route 389 eastbound bus services will be diverted via York and Druitt Streets with bus stops on King Street before George Street and Elizabeth Street at St James Station being temporarily closed. Signs will be installed to advise customers of the nearest alternative stop.

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