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 in planning.

Updates and announcements

Roads and Maritime Services will carry out investigation work to continue planning for the installation of lifts at the north and south ends of the Sydney Harbour Bridge walkway. The work will help to confirm geotechnical conditions and the location of existing utilities. This work will include using a drilling rig to produce small holes and digging several small trenches to check for the existence of any unknown utilities.

The investigation work will be carried out near Broughton Street, Kirribilli (north end) and Cumberland Street, The Rocks (south end). The information gathered from this investigation will help us develop the proposed design of lifts to access the Sydney Harbour Bridge walkway.

We will carry out this work over three shifts. We will work on the south end on Monday 20 February, and on the north end on Tuesday 21 February and Wednesday 22 February, weather permitting. Our working hours will be from 7am to 5pm.

View or download the letter to residents.

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.

Construction will 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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