Sydney Harbour Bridge access lifts

The experience of being on the deck of the Sydney Harbour Bridge will soon become more accessible with lifts to the bridge’s walkway being built. Work to install the new lifts started on Wednesday 21 March 2018 and will take about eight months to complete, weather permitting.

Updates and announcements

Since the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) was displayed in October 2017, we have prepared an Addendum to the REF. The Addendum assesses increasing the amount of night work and changing the number of nights we can work each week from two to five for the project.

Following consultation with directly impacted residents and stakeholders the Addendum has been finalised and is available to view on the project webpage.

The new night work schedule will start from Monday 9 July, weather permitting.

For more information about the Addendum REF view or download our most recent community notification (PDF, 172Kb).

You can also view or download the Addendum REF (PDF, 9.09Mb).

Project overview

Roads and Maritime Services is installing lifts to the Sydney Harbour Bridge pedestrian walkway at Kirribilli and The Rocks to ensure everybody can enjoy the experience of being on one of Australia’s most recognisable landmarks.

Roads and Maritime Services has carried out extensive work to investigate preferred locations for the lift access, taking into account the heritage value, accessibility standards, visual impacts and integration with the existing structure.

What to expect during the upgrade

Construction will take about eight months to complete, weather permitting.

Work to build the new lifts will involve:

  • setting up site compounds and installing construction signage
  • removing part of the City of Sydney building at 7 Cumberland Street, The Rocks and landscaping the area
  • removing two trees on Cumberland Street, The Rocks
  • installing one lift on Broughton Street, Kirribilli
  • installing one lift on Cumberland Street, The Rocks
  • building new platforms to connect the lifts to the existing walkway
  • removing and relocating existing utilities
  • removing and replacing 300 metres of asphalt and adjusting the stormwater system at the southern end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge pedestrian walkway

Community engagement

The Review of Environmental Factors was on display for public feedback in November 2017. Roads and Maritime has prepared a report responding to all of the issues raised in the submissions received.

View or download the Submissions Report.

Artist's impression of the proposed lift at Cumberland St, The Rocks
Artist's impression of the proposed lift at Broughton St, Kirribilli

 

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