City Transformation

City Transformation is about unlocking our city centre’s potential and making it an attractive place to visit.

The introduction of light rail and pedestrianisation of George Street (from Hunter - Bathurst streets) is a crucial part of this process. Light rail will dramatically improve the quality of the city, particularly in and around George Street and Surry Hills.

Light rail is being delivered by the NSW Government. We are working closely with Transport for NSW to ensure our vision and high design standards are delivered throughout the route from Circular Quay along George Street to Devonshire Street in Surry Hills.

We are also revitalising laneways, streets and squares in the city by investing over $8 million over the next 10 years in public artworks to breathe new life into these spaces.

Visit My Sydney, to learn more about the initiatives that will transform our city.

City Transformation is about unlocking our city centre’s potential and making it an attractive place to visit.

The introduction of light rail and pedestrianisation of George Street (from Hunter - Bathurst streets) is a crucial part of this process. Light rail will dramatically improve the quality of the city, particularly in and around George Street and Surry Hills.

Light rail is being delivered by the NSW Government. We are working closely with Transport for NSW to ensure our vision and high design standards are delivered throughout the route from Circular Quay along George Street to Devonshire Street in Surry Hills.

We are also revitalising laneways, streets and squares in the city by investing over $8 million over the next 10 years in public artworks to breathe new life into these spaces.

Visit My Sydney, to learn more about the initiatives that will transform our city.

  • Light rail stop names revealed

    3 months ago
    Visualisation central stop

    Do you agree with the proposed names of 19 stops for the new CBD & South East Light Rail?

    Are they easy to understand? Will they help you get around?

    Submit your feedback to the Geographical Names Board before Monday 11 September.


    Image: Artist impression by TfNSW.


    Do you agree with the proposed names of 19 stops for the new CBD & South East Light Rail?

    Are they easy to understand? Will they help you get around?

    Submit your feedback to the Geographical Names Board before Monday 11 September.


    Image: Artist impression by TfNSW.


  • Surry Hills construction update

    12 months ago
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    Construction will soon be underway to underground low voltage power lines on Devonshire Street, with work to investigate and relocate utilities along the street, at key intersections and within the established construction zone.

    The delivery of fill to the Olivia Gardens site is progressing, and the ground level has already been raised significantly. This work will help to provide an improved open space for the community following light rail construction.

    Construction will soon be underway to underground low voltage power lines on Devonshire Street, with work to investigate and relocate utilities along the street, at key intersections and within the established construction zone.

    The delivery of fill to the Olivia Gardens site is progressing, and the ground level has already been raised significantly. This work will help to provide an improved open space for the community following light rail construction.
  • Tunnelling through

    12 months ago
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    The CBD & South East Light Rail has taken another huge step forward with the first concrete base slab poured into what will soon be a light rail tunnel underneath Moore Park.

    Construction crews have been busy excavating around 84,000 tonnes of fill to dig the nine-metre deep tunnel, which will connect the recently installed Eastern Distributor Bridge with the future stop at Moore Park.

    The tunnel, which is expected to be complete late 2017, will be more than 500 metres long connecting to the recently installed Eastern Distributor Bridge and emerging at a new future stop close to the Sydney Football Stadium and Sydney Cricket Ground. The fill excavated for the tunnel will be re-used across the project.

    The CBD & South East Light Rail has taken another huge step forward with the first concrete base slab poured into what will soon be a light rail tunnel underneath Moore Park.

    Construction crews have been busy excavating around 84,000 tonnes of fill to dig the nine-metre deep tunnel, which will connect the recently installed Eastern Distributor Bridge with the future stop at Moore Park.

    The tunnel, which is expected to be complete late 2017, will be more than 500 metres long connecting to the recently installed Eastern Distributor Bridge and emerging at a new future stop close to the Sydney Football Stadium and Sydney Cricket Ground. The fill excavated for the tunnel will be re-used across the project.
  • Surry Hills sneak peek

    12 months ago
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    The first glimpse of what light rail will look like through Surry Hills has also been released, showing pedestrian-friendly footpaths and pocket parks, outdoor dining and a green corridor along Devonshire Street.

    The video aims to give you an idea of what the final Devonshire Street alignment will look like once works are finally completed in 2019.

    The first stage of construction in Surry Hills began on Devonshire Street, between Chalmers and Elizabeth streets in September.


    The first glimpse of what light rail will look like through Surry Hills has also been released, showing pedestrian-friendly footpaths and pocket parks, outdoor dining and a green corridor along Devonshire Street.

    The video aims to give you an idea of what the final Devonshire Street alignment will look like once works are finally completed in 2019.

    The first stage of construction in Surry Hills began on Devonshire Street, between Chalmers and Elizabeth streets in September.


  • New TfNSW Facebook page

    12 months ago
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    Transport for NSW have recently launched a new Facebook page focussed on supporting local businesses with the concept ‘Live it up locally’.

    Live It Up Locally is an initiative aimed to support those local businesses that sit within the light rail construction zone. Kingsford, Randwick, CBD North / The Rocks and Surry Hills are all areas that will be highlighted showcasing the wonderful delights of Sydney, locals and visitors will be inspired to take advantage of.


    Transport for NSW have recently launched a new Facebook page focussed on supporting local businesses with the concept ‘Live it up locally’.

    Live It Up Locally is an initiative aimed to support those local businesses that sit within the light rail construction zone. Kingsford, Randwick, CBD North / The Rocks and Surry Hills are all areas that will be highlighted showcasing the wonderful delights of Sydney, locals and visitors will be inspired to take advantage of.


  • Bridging the gap

    12 months ago
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    The installation of a new light rail bridge over the Eastern Distributor connecting Surry Hills and Moore Park is forging ahead, with work due for completion by the end of the week.

    The Eastern Distributor Bridge will connect the missing link of the route between the CBD and the South East, and enables crews to continue tunnelling in Moore Park and expand construction in Surry Hills.



    The installation of a new light rail bridge over the Eastern Distributor connecting Surry Hills and Moore Park is forging ahead, with work due for completion by the end of the week.

    The Eastern Distributor Bridge will connect the missing link of the route between the CBD and the South East, and enables crews to continue tunnelling in Moore Park and expand construction in Surry Hills.



  • Light Rail - current works

    over 1 year ago
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    Light rail construction is ramping up in the city centre, with construction to extend on George Street from Alfred to Liverpool streets in July. Early works are also underway in Surry Hills ahead of major works due to start in August. Stay up-to-date on current works by visiting the Transport for NSW Light Rail website.

    Light rail construction is ramping up in the city centre, with construction to extend on George Street from Alfred to Liverpool streets in July. Early works are also underway in Surry Hills ahead of major works due to start in August. Stay up-to-date on current works by visiting the Transport for NSW Light Rail website.

  • Surry Hills Light Rail information session

    over 1 year ago
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    Transport for NSW invites you to the next Surry Hills Light Rail Forum on Wednesday 8 June. Community members and local businesses are invited to drop by anytime from 5pm - 8pm and speak with the project team.

    Date: Wednesday 8 June 2016
    Time: Drop-in between 5pm and 8pm
    Place: Bourke Street Public School, 590 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

    If you would like to attend please contact ALTRAC Light Rail at SLRCommunity@acciona.com.au or on 1800 684 490.


    Transport for NSW invites you to the next Surry Hills Light Rail Forum on Wednesday 8 June. Community members and local businesses are invited to drop by anytime from 5pm - 8pm and speak with the project team.

    Date: Wednesday 8 June 2016
    Time: Drop-in between 5pm and 8pm
    Place: Bourke Street Public School, 590 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

    If you would like to attend please contact ALTRAC Light Rail at SLRCommunity@acciona.com.au or on 1800 684 490.


  • Have your say on new Sydney Metro stations

    over 1 year ago
    Sydney metro

    Transport for NSW is inviting the community to have their say on brand new metro stations at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross, Barangaroo, Martin Place, Pitt Street, Central and Waterloo as part of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Chatswood to Sydenham section of the Sydney Metro project, which closes on 27 June 2016.

    You can view the EIS documents on the Sydney Metro website or attend a community information session to speak with the project team and learn more about the project.


    Transport for NSW is inviting the community to have their say on brand new metro stations at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross, Barangaroo, Martin Place, Pitt Street, Central and Waterloo as part of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Chatswood to Sydenham section of the Sydney Metro project, which closes on 27 June 2016.

    You can view the EIS documents on the Sydney Metro website or attend a community information session to speak with the project team and learn more about the project.


  • UNSW students compare street life on George Street with St 19 Phnom Penh

    over 1 year ago
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    Check out these interesting comparisons between Sydney's George Street and St 19 Phnom Penh by UNSW students. Students conducted a series of observational studies in these two cities to analyse street design and vitality in each location.

    Check out these interesting comparisons between Sydney's George Street and St 19 Phnom Penh by UNSW students. Students conducted a series of observational studies in these two cities to analyse street design and vitality in each location.