Sydney Harbour Bridge access lifts

The views from the deck of the Sydney Harbour Bridge will soon become more accessible with lifts to the bridge’s walkway in planning.

Updates and announcements

Minister for Roads Duncan Gay and Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka announced on 24 July 2016, the NSW Government is planning to install lifts at Kirribilli and The Rocks to ensure everybody can experience the scenic walk across Australia’s most recognisable landmark.

Project overview

The proposal includes installing a lift on the north and south ends of the eastern walkway of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to allow for access by people with a disability, prams or people who have difficulty climbing stairs.

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.

Community engagement

Stakeholder consultation and detailed planning work will continue to ensure the heritage value of the bridge is preserved as this essential upgrade is delivered. Once a Review of Environmental Factors has been prepared, this document along with the proposed design of the lifts will go on display for public comment.

Consultation, detailed design and environmental assessment is expected to take around 12 months, with construction to start soon after, pending planning and heritage approvals.

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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