Prepare for holiday road closures

17 December 2015

Essential work on the CBD & South East Light Rail will continue over the Christmas and New Year period, with the foundations to be laid for a new light rail bridge between Surry Hills and Moore Park, and utility relocations and some tree removal in Randwick.

CBD Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said work will ramp up over the holiday season in an effort to confine road closures to off-peak times and minimise ongoing weekend and night work.

“From Christmas night through to early January, we are taking advantage of reduced demand on major roads and the fact many Sydneysiders are out of town,” Ms Prendergast said.

“By doing this work now, we will reduce the need for future night and weekend work.

“Late on Christmas Day we will establish a site on South Dowling Street to prepare for construction of the new light rail bridge over the Eastern Distributor. From 9am on Boxing Day we will be preparing the bridge’s foundations which mean some noisy work, but tackling this job now will save up to 10 weeks of noisy night and weekend work later on.

“From 28 December, there will be closures of Alison Road in Randwick between Cowper Street and Avoca Street and Wansey Road at Alison Road for utility relocations and tree pruning and removal, with limited vehicle access remaining.

“We are committed to keeping tree removal to an absolute minimum. Wherever practical, we plan to refine design and prune trees rather than remove them.

“Minimising the construction impact on the road network and ensuring as few trees as possible are removed have always been leading priorities on this project, and will continue to be throughout the next three years.

“At least two trees will be planted for every small tree we remove, four for every medium sized tree, and eight for every significant tree. That means we will plant significantly more new trees than we remove.”

Affected residents will be notified ahead of time about work taking place in their area.