Lift off! Sydney Harbour Bridge enjoys another milestone

Wednesday,17 October 2018

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is celebrating another milestone with the opening of state of the art lifts at both the Southern and Northern ends of the bridge, allowing pedestrian access for everyone.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey today announced the bridge can now be accessed at The Rocks and Kirribilli, without climbing more than 60 stairs to reach the footpath of the bridge.

“From today people with a disability, prams or those who have difficulty climbing stairs can also have access to this iconic structure,” Mrs Pavey said.

“The timing of the opening couldn’t be better as Sydney prepares to welcome tourists and competitors for the Invictus Games, which start this weekend.”

Member for North Shore Felicity Wilson said the community have welcomed the lifts and are looking forward to seeing them in operation.

“I am very pleased to have worked with the Minister to deliver access to one of our nation’s great landmarks,” Ms Wilson said.

KEY POINTS

  • 400 people worked on the lifts project
  • Construction began in March 2018 and cost $15 million
  • More than 3000 pedestrians make their way across the bridge daily
  • The new lifts can take 27 people or two wheelchairs and two carers
  • Two 15 metre high steel structures were put in place by a crane and around 180 square metres of glass has been installed for each lift

Legislative Council Member, Natalie Ward, said two large pieces of the existing bridge balustrade were cut out to provide access from the new lift to the walkway.

“The pieces of balustrade which were removed for the southern lift have been placed near the lift along with seating and new landscaping,” Mrs Ward said.

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