Bus infrastructure

The NSW Government is delivering new bus infrastructure in Sydney’s Central Business District (CBD) to improve CBD bus services and to support the introduction of light rail.

Updates and announcements

Roads and Maritime Services will continue to carry out work on Elizabeth Street between Campbell Street and Martin Place for new and essential bus infrastructure as part of the Sydney City Centre Access Strategy. Work will be carried out from Monday 13 July for about four weeks. For further details on the work, please download the notification letter (PDF, 165Kb).

Changes to bus infrastructure in the CBD

Installing bus infrastructure and redesigning bus routes will deliver new and improved services that are more reliable, easier to understand and offer better flexibility for transfer with other modes. These changes, together with the commencement of the CBD and South East Light Rail, will mean 220 fewer peak hour buses will enter the city centre, relieving congestion.

This important work is part of the NSW Government’s Sydney City Centre Access Strategy to deliver a fully integrated transport network in Sydney’s city centre that puts the customer first and meets the growing transport task.

The changes include:

  • New bus lanes, stops, bus zones and shelters
  • Removing some existing bus stops and converting others to bus layover facilities
  • Modifying kerbs and footpaths, line markings and medians
  • Removing and relocating some taxi ranks, loading zones and parking spaces.

Review of Environmental Factors (REF)

The Sydney city centre bus infrastructure review of environmental factors (PDF) was on display from 23 June to 25 July 2014. Roads and Maritime Services received 60 stakeholder and community submissions in response to the proposal.

The Sydney city centre bus infrastructure review of environmental factors submissions report, October 2014 (PDF) responds to the issues raised in the submissions and outlines changes to the proposal as a result of community consultation and stakeholder feedback. Changes include resizing some bus layover waiting areas to retain parking and loading spaces as well as removing some proposed bus zones to reduce impacts on businesses and residents.

The project was approved by Roads and Maritime in October 2014.

Roads and Maritime sought community and stakeholder feedback on bus layovers on Bligh Street and O’Connell Street from Monday 17 November to Friday 12 December 2014.

Feedback is being assessed to finalise the concept designs. Roads and Maritime will inform everyone who made a submission of the final design in early 2015.

The concept design drawings for Bligh Street and O’Connell Street are available on the project documents page.

What happens next?

Early works are scheduled to start from Monday 27 October 2014 with the establishment of sites for storage of equipment and materials before major work starts in other CBD locations.

Construction would be complete in mid-2015, weather permitting.

We will send community notifications to local residents and businesses ahead of construction occurring in their area, including night works. Example of a community notice.

For further information

To learn more about the proposed changes to the bus network, as well as other major projects in the Sydney CBD, visit the Transforming the Sydney CBD website.

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