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.

Updates and announcements

Work to install the new lifts will start on Wednesday 21 March 2018 and take about eight months to complete, weather permitting.

Initial work will involve establishing the site compound for the southern lift.

For more information about construction view or download the March 2018 community update (PDF, 280Kb).

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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