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 contract awarded

    over 2 years ago
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    The ALTRAC Light Rail consortium has been awarded the Public Private Partnership contract to build and operate the light rail by the NSW Government.

    Major construction is now expected to finish in 2018, and services scheduled to commence in early 2019, almost a year earlier than originally expected. Click here for more information.


    The ALTRAC Light Rail consortium has been awarded the Public Private Partnership contract to build and operate the light rail by the NSW Government.

    Major construction is now expected to finish in 2018, and services scheduled to commence in early 2019, almost a year earlier than originally expected. Click here for more information.


  • George Street 2020 – revitalising Sydney’s main thoroughfare

    almost 3 years ago
    Townhall proposed

    George Street 2020 is the City of Sydney's strategy to transition George Street into Sydney’s major boulevard and a world-class destination for walking, shopping and dining.

    It provides guidelines on how, alongside improved conditions for pedestrians, seating, outdoor dining, cultural activities, vending and building uses can best function alongside the NSW Government’s light rail and a pedestrian-only section of the street.

    The draft document will be on public exhibition until 30 April 2015. To view and comment on the document click here.

    George Street 2020 is the City of Sydney's strategy to transition George Street into Sydney’s major boulevard and a world-class destination for walking, shopping and dining.

    It provides guidelines on how, alongside improved conditions for pedestrians, seating, outdoor dining, cultural activities, vending and building uses can best function alongside the NSW Government’s light rail and a pedestrian-only section of the street.

    The draft document will be on public exhibition until 30 April 2015. To view and comment on the document click here.

  • Modifications to CBD and South East Light Rail Project

    almost 3 years ago
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    Proposed modifications to the light rail project are currently on public exhibition until 17 December 2014. To view the modificaiton report and have your say, please visit the Department of Planning and Environment website.


    Proposed modifications to the light rail project are currently on public exhibition until 17 December 2014. To view the modificaiton report and have your say, please visit the Department of Planning and Environment website.

  • Have your say on the Museum Station upgrade

    about 3 years ago
    Museum station

    The NSW government is planning an upgrade of Sydney’s historic Museum Station. The upgrade will include; 

    • 3 new lifts;
    • an accessible ramp; 
    • a new accessible family toilet;
    • state-of-the-art CCTV; and 
    • improved lighting.

    Minister for Transport,Gladys Berejiklian is seeking feedback from the commmunity on the plans until 10 September 2014 online and at the Transport for NSW Community Information Centre on George Street.

    The NSW government is planning an upgrade of Sydney’s historic Museum Station. The upgrade will include; 

    • 3 new lifts;
    • an accessible ramp; 
    • a new accessible family toilet;
    • state-of-the-art CCTV; and 
    • improved lighting.

    Minister for Transport,Gladys Berejiklian is seeking feedback from the commmunity on the plans until 10 September 2014 online and at the Transport for NSW Community Information Centre on George Street.

  • Join a light rail community forum

    about 3 years ago
    Business 270w

    Light Rail Community Forums will be held in the CBD, and Surry Hills & Moore Park to keep local residents updated about the project and how to prepare for construction.

    CBD Community Forum
    Date: Monday 1 September, 7:00pm to 8:30pm (registration from 6:30pm)
    Venue: Trades Meeting Room, Radisson Hotel & Suites, 72 Liverpool Street, Sydney

    Surry Hills and Moore Park Community Forum
    Date: Wednesday 3 September, 7:00pm to 8:30pm (registration from 6:30pm)
    Venue: Fitzroy Room, Adina Hotel, 359 Crown Street, Surry Hills

    To join your local community forum visit the Transport for NSW light rail website.


    Light Rail Community Forums will be held in the CBD, and Surry Hills & Moore Park to keep local residents updated about the project and how to prepare for construction.

    CBD Community Forum
    Date: Monday 1 September, 7:00pm to 8:30pm (registration from 6:30pm)
    Venue: Trades Meeting Room, Radisson Hotel & Suites, 72 Liverpool Street, Sydney

    Surry Hills and Moore Park Community Forum
    Date: Wednesday 3 September, 7:00pm to 8:30pm (registration from 6:30pm)
    Venue: Fitzroy Room, Adina Hotel, 359 Crown Street, Surry Hills

    To join your local community forum visit the Transport for NSW light rail website.


  • Light rail early works contract awarded

    about 3 years ago
    Cselr ai circular quay 16 04 2014

    Transport for NSW has appointed Laing O’Rourke Construction Australia as Managing Contractor to carry out up to $45 million worth of essential early works for the new light rail project. 

    These works will include relocating buried utilities such as water, telecommunications, gas and electricity cables and pipes, and initial work around Moore Park.

    For more information visit the Transport for NSW Light Rail website

    Transport for NSW has appointed Laing O’Rourke Construction Australia as Managing Contractor to carry out up to $45 million worth of essential early works for the new light rail project. 

    These works will include relocating buried utilities such as water, telecommunications, gas and electricity cables and pipes, and initial work around Moore Park.

    For more information visit the Transport for NSW Light Rail website

  • Better bus access for city streets

    over 3 years ago
    Buss
    Transport for NSW is seeking feedback on changes they are proposing to Sydney's CBD bus infrastructure.

    The changes will deliver:

    • Improved bus corridors
    • More bus lanes
    • Better integration with other transport modes

    The changes will include:

    • Redesigning the existing bus lane network
    • Removing some existing bus stops and changing others to layover facilities
    • Modifying kerbs, footpaths, line markings and medians
    • Removing or relocating taxi ranks, loading zones, parking spaces and cycleways

    You can see details of all the changes here on the RMS project website.

    Leave your feedback by 25 July 2014.... Continue reading
    Transport for NSW is seeking feedback on changes they are proposing to Sydney's CBD bus infrastructure.

    The changes will deliver:

    • Improved bus corridors
    • More bus lanes
    • Better integration with other transport modes

    The changes will include:

    • Redesigning the existing bus lane network
    • Removing some existing bus stops and changing others to layover facilities
    • Modifying kerbs, footpaths, line markings and medians
    • Removing or relocating taxi ranks, loading zones, parking spaces and cycleways

    You can see details of all the changes here on the RMS project website.

    Leave your feedback by 25 July 2014.
    To provide feedback:
    Email: cbd.busaccess@rms.nsw.gov.au
    Write to:
    Stephen Sherwin
    Project Manager
    Roads and Maritime Services
    PO BOX 609
    Pyrmont NSW 2009






  • Community Forums

    over 3 years ago
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    Transport for NSW has set up 3 local forums along the light rail route to keep the community up to date and informed about the project. The community forums cover Randwick, Kingsford and Kensington; Surry Hills and Moore Park; and the CBD. 

    Check the Sydney Light Rail site for more details. 

    Transport for NSW has set up 3 local forums along the light rail route to keep the community up to date and informed about the project. The community forums cover Randwick, Kingsford and Kensington; Surry Hills and Moore Park; and the CBD. 

    Check the Sydney Light Rail site for more details. 

  • Light Rail Approved

    over 3 years ago
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    Light Rail approved

    The CBD and South East Light Rail project has been approved by the Minister for Planning and Environment. 

    The Assessment Report and Conditions of Approval can be viewed on the department’s website


    Light Rail approved

    The CBD and South East Light Rail project has been approved by the Minister for Planning and Environment. 

    The Assessment Report and Conditions of Approval can be viewed on the department’s website


  • Light rail business forums in your area

    over 3 years ago
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    Transport for NSW is establishing business forums in the areas along the planned $1.6 billion CBD and South East Light Rail line. There will be 5 business forums – CBD, Surry Hills, Moore Park, Randwick and Kingsford/Kensington.

    Representatives from local businesses are invited to become members to keep up to date with information and provide input during construction.

    Find out how to get involved on the Sydney Light Rail website.

    Transport for NSW is establishing business forums in the areas along the planned $1.6 billion CBD and South East Light Rail line. There will be 5 business forums – CBD, Surry Hills, Moore Park, Randwick and Kingsford/Kensington.

    Representatives from local businesses are invited to become members to keep up to date with information and provide input during construction.

    Find out how to get involved on the Sydney Light Rail website.