Construction in full swing on George

16 June 2016

Construction of the CBD and South East Light Rail is ramping up, with three more construction zones set to begin on George Street in the next month.

Major construction of the light rail began in October 2015 with the permanent closure of George Street from King to Market streets to develop a pedestrian zone as part of the project.  Work has progressively continued since then to Circular Quay and will now expand to towards Chinatown in July.

By mid-July, George Street will be occupied from Circular Quay to Liverpool Street as the transformational project unfolds.

George Street construction expansion will include:

  • 1 July: a work site established on George Street, between King and Hunter streets (Zone 4) closing the road to general traffic.
  • 15 July: a work site will be established on George Street, between Park and Bathurst streets(Zone 7) with the road closed to general traffic.
  • 15 July: a work site will be established on George Street, between Bathurst and Liverpool streets (Zone 8) with the road closed to southbound traffic. A single northbound lane will be maintained for general traffic.
  • East-west corridors, including Bridge, Grosvenor, King, Market and Park streets, will predominately remain open during construction. Night time and weekend closures will be required for intersection work.

CBD Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said with construction expanding in the CBD, drivers should consider avoiding the peak travel periods and leaving the car at home. 

“As construction of light rail extends towards Central and Surry Hills, the impact on our roads is increasing. Driving may not be the best option,” Ms Prendergast said.

If you do have to drive, we advise using College Street, Eddy Avenue, Western Distributor, Cahill Expressway and Cross City Tunnel to move around the CBD, leaving the centre of town free for delivery vehicles, taxis and those that need to be there.

“We’ve been working closely with the residents, businesses and the council since this project began to ensure they are fully aware of the impacts of construction and know the best ways to get in and around the city.

“We’re also using every opportunity to remind visitors, shoppers and tourists that while George Street is changing, it is still very much the heart of our city.”

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

Further construction along George Street into Chinatown and towards Central Station is expected to begin by the end of 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 light rail operating by 2019.