Southern toll plaza precinct upgrade

Roads and Maritime Services is continuing work to remove the toll booths from the southern approaches to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This is part of a package of work to improve and adapt the toll plaza to the needs of a modern city.

Watch timelapse footage of the last of the southbound tollbooths being removed (no audio):

Removing the toll booths at the southern end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge provides an opportunity to simplify traffic movements to and from the Western Distributor and northern Sydney CBD. This will also enable continuation of the bus lane from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to York Street and provide space for bus readiness bays for buses approaching York Street in the PM peak.

Updates and announcements

To minimise impact on traffic and residents during construction, the work will be carried out in stages and is expected to be completed by early 2018.

For information on the weekly work schedule, please review the project documents on this page.

Stage 2a: from 12 August 2017

To allow us to carry out work in other parts of the project area, we will combine our two site compounds into one. The compound on the southbound side of the bridge will be removed and the current compound in the central location will be widened.

The lane capacity through the project area will remain the same, including during morning and afternoon peak periods. There will be no change to the current conditions for northbound traffic and vehicles travelling southbound will take the same passage through the project area.
The change to Stage 2A will be made during the night shift on 11 August, weather permitting. New traffic arrangements will be fully in place by 12 August.

Following the change, work to be carried out during Stage 2A includes:
• installing concrete anchor blocks
• installing drainage
• constructing footpaths, kerb, gutter and median
• removing and replacing asphalt
• installing new traffic signal poles and lighting

View the driver scenarios for Stage 2a.

York and Grosvenor Streets intersection

From the start of July, construction work at the York and Grosvenor Streets intersection has increased, changing the way traffic enters the city from the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Work to upgrade the intersection includes:
• upgrading traffic lights and signal posts
• asphalt works to raise the height of the road and the on and off ramps to the bridge
• removing and replacing kerbs, gutters and pedestrian footpaths
• installing new traffic islands and medians

View or download the August project update (PDF, 230Kb) for more information about this work.

Project benefits

  • Simpler traffic movements on southern approaches to the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Improved bus connections
  • Improved operational flexibility for lane management on Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Fewer road safety hazards.

Project features

  • Removal of toll booths
  • Reconfigure the intersection of York and Grosvenor streets
  • Realign lanes to simplify bus and traffic movements to northern Sydney CBD and Western Distributor
  • Continuation of the bus lane from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to York Street
  • Readiness bays for buses approaching York Street in the PM peak
  • Greater flexibility in traffic management through movable medians and signs
  • Extend the variable speed limit zone (max 70km/h) on the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Western Distributor, replacing the current 40km/h speed zone through the southern toll plaza precinct.

During various phases of the improvement work, there would be some impact on motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, residents and businesses in the area.

Roads and Maritime aims to minimise the impact on all stakeholders and keep them informed of its progress.

View more information on the tolling system upgrade project.

Artist’s impression of the southern toll plaza precinct  before this project started
Artist’s impression of the southern toll plaza precinct before this project started
Artist's impression of stage 2a work site from 12 August 2017 to late 2017
Artist's impression of stage 2a work site from 12 August 2017 to late 2017
Artist's impression of the completed southern toll plaza precinct
Artist's impression of the completed southern toll plaza precinct

Project documents

Week commencing 6 February 2017

Roads and Maritime will continue work within the worksite in the southern toll plaza precinct this week.

Week commencing 30 January 2017

Roads and Maritime will continue work within the worksite in the southern toll plaza precinct this week.

Week commencing 23 January 2017

Roads and Maritime will continue work within the worksite in the southern toll plaza precinct this week.

Week commencing 16 January 2017

Roads and Maritime will reduce the size of the work site on the southern toll plaza precinct this week.

Week commencing 16 January 2017

Roads and Maritime need to install some directional signage on the northern approach to the Sydney Harbour Bridge to support the changed traffic conditions ahead.

Week commencing 9 January 2017

Roads and Maritime Services continued to carry out work in the southern toll plaza precinct this week to remove the existing toll plaza booths. All work is progressing well.

Project update

August 2017

Project update

March 2017

Project update

March 2017

Project update

January 2017

Project update

December 2016

Project update

November 2016

Community Consultation Report

September 2016

Community Consultation Report

Have your say letter

August 2016

Have your say - Night work for the Sydney Harbour Bridge Southern Toll Plaza Upgrade project.

Investigation work

July 2016

Investigation work for the Sydney Harbour Bridge Southern Toll Plaza Precinct Upgrade project.

Main report

November 2012

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Addendum - Main report

November 2016

Addendum to the Review of Environmental Factors

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November 2016

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