The City of Sydney has put forward a proposal to contribute to the NSW State Government’s light rail project, transforming George Street into a world-class main street.
Council has offered to work with the NSW Government by committing $180 million to the light rail project, including funding new pedestrian spaces, new information signage, upgraded public squares, new landscaping and innovative public art. This financial contribution is contingent on the State Government delivering the remaining funds.
According to Fairfax media, Council’s final concept design will be ready to submit to councillors in a few months, and if they support the plan it will then go on public exhibition.
Key to the proposal is “pedestrianising” much of George Street, with access allowed only for buildings with driveways on George Street. Replacing the road will be a light rail, turning it into a transport corridor, connecting Central station with the CBD, the Rocks, Circular Quay and Barangaroo.
As part of the proposed City of Sydney 2030 plan, a ‘fly-through’ video has been developed, illustrating what the street may look like when the changes are implemented. It’s quite breathtaking, and certainly worth watching to see the thinking and planning come to life. You can view the video at the link below; and find out more about the George Street transformation plan on the City of Sydney website here.