Sydney city centre capacity improvement plan

Updates and announcements

Work will start work on traffic capacity improvements at 17 sites throughout the CBD from Sunday 19 July 2015. It will take up to 10 months to complete the overall program, weather permitting.

Work will be carried out during the day and at night. Night work will occur between Sundays and Thursdays from 8pm to 6am, with nosier work finishing at midnight. Day work will be carried out between Mondays and Fridays from 7am to 6pm and on Saturdays from 7am to 1pm.

The work has been divided into three construction zones including:

  • The CBD North construction zone, which is bordered by Elizabeth, Park, Sussex and Grosvenor streets
  • The CBD South West construction zone, which is bordered by Wattle, Lee, Pitt and Liverpool and Sussex streets
  • CBD East construction zone, which is bordered by Elizabeth, Bridge, Macquarie and College streets and Wentworth and Eddy avenues.

For further details, please download the CBD North notification letter (PDF, 17Kb), the CBD South West notification letter (PDF, 177Kb) or the CBD East notification letter (PDF, 176Kb).

Changes to streets in Sydney's city centre

Changes to road infrastructure in the city aim to keep traffic moving into, from and through the CBD to support the introduction of light rail and changes to bus infrastructure.

The Sydney City Centre Capacity Improvement Plan comprises a package of 17 road infrastructure projects within the CBD, from Broadway to Circular Quay. The program supports the implementation of other Sydney City Centre Access Strategy initiatives by prioritising vehicle movements along particular corridors and at identified intersections.

The changes include:

  • Modifying and realigning traffic lanes
  • Introducing changes to kerbside uses
  • Adjusting kerbs.
  • Modifying or removing some on-street parking

Review of Environmental Factors

Roads and Maritime Services displayed the Capacity Improvement Plan review of environmental factors between 24 November 2014 and 9 January 2015. We received 122 comments from community and stakeholders in response to the proposal.

The Sydney City Centre Capacity Improvement Plan submissions report responds to the community feedback and outlines changes to the proposal as a result of community consultation and stakeholder feedback.

We have made a number of improvements to the project based on the community’s suggestions and feedback and will proceed with the project. Changes include:

Location Improvements
King Street Retain loading provisions between York and George streets on the southern kerb between 8pm and 6am.
Market Street

Reviewed the design of traffic lanes between Clarence Street and York Street to increase pedestrian space.

Provide an additional taxi zone by relocating the mail zone and post boxes on the northern kerb between Clarence and York streets to Pitt Street.

Retain the southbound bus lane through the York Street intersection to improve pedestrian safety and access.

Reviewed the design of traffic lanes and the footpath between York and George streets to maximise as much space as possible for pedestrians.

Broadway Remove indented parking bays on the slip road between Broadway and Wattle Street to improve traffic flow.

Consolidate the relocation of post boxes in the north-west, retail and southern precincts to minimise amenity impacts.

Additional environmental safeguards and management measures including tree preservation and noise management.

What happens next?

Work will start from Sunday 19 July. There will be a minimum of three crews rotating around three locations in this zone. This will ensure businesses and residents receive a minimum four night respite period. Noisy work will take place between 8pm and midnight with less noisy construction work between midnight and 6am.

Noisier construction activities and equipment Less noisy construction activities and equipment
  • Pavement demolition
  • Sawcutting pavers, stones, concrete
  • Demolishing the kerb, gutter and medians.
  • Pouring concrete
  • Placing pavers and stones
  • Installing street lights and traffic lights
  • Loading and unloading trucks
  • Service investigation and non-destructive excavation
  • Reversing tones

As part of work in the CBD East construction zone, work will begin on removing the College Street cycleway. The College Street cycleway will remain operational until the Liverpool and Castlereagh Street south cycleways are operational.

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