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.

  • CBD and South East Light Rail Project Submissions Report

    over 3 years ago
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    The CBD and South East Light Rail Submissions Report is now available on Planning and Infrastructure’s website 

    The Submissions Report incorporates the Preferred Infrastructure Report and follows the consultation period on the project in 2013.

    The CBD and South East Light Rail Submissions Report is now available on Planning and Infrastructure’s website 

    The Submissions Report incorporates the Preferred Infrastructure Report and follows the consultation period on the project in 2013.

  • Transport for NSW: Light rail service investigation works

    over 3 years ago
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    Transport for NSW have carried out night works along the light rail alignment to confirm the location of underground water, telecommunications, gas and electricity utilities.

    These investigative works were part of the CBD and South East Light Rail project. For more information visit the Transport for NSW current works page.

    Transport for NSW have carried out night works along the light rail alignment to confirm the location of underground water, telecommunications, gas and electricity utilities.

    These investigative works were part of the CBD and South East Light Rail project. For more information visit the Transport for NSW current works page.

  • The NSW Government: light rail is a viable transport option for Sydney.

    over 3 years ago
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    The NSW Government has determined light rail is a viable transport option for Sydney.

    In reaching its decision, the NSW Government reviewed the growing pressures on Sydney including population growth, the impacts of congestion on the City’s economy and liveability, as well as improvements needed in the local area’s public transport network.

    You may notice some investigative works taking place around the proposed light rail route, such as surveying and paint marking activities.

    Transport for NSW's Environmental Impact Statement for the Sydney CBD and South-East Light Rail Project was on public exhibition until 16 December 2013 and the public was... Continue reading

    The NSW Government has determined light rail is a viable transport option for Sydney.

    In reaching its decision, the NSW Government reviewed the growing pressures on Sydney including population growth, the impacts of congestion on the City’s economy and liveability, as well as improvements needed in the local area’s public transport network.

    You may notice some investigative works taking place around the proposed light rail route, such as surveying and paint marking activities.

    Transport for NSW's Environmental Impact Statement for the Sydney CBD and South-East Light Rail Project was on public exhibition until 16 December 2013 and the public was invited to make submissions. Submissions closed on 31 December 2013.

    The City's response to the EIS is available for download.

  • Benefits of City Transformation

    over 3 years ago
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    Extensive community consultation on our vision for George Street to support the NSW Government's plans for light rail highlighted a firm desire for a well-designed, attractive plaza lined with trees, street furniture and public art.

    A report on the plans for George Street received feedback from 645 people, with 56% of comments positive, 26% offering suggestions and 18% were negative.

    Frequent themes that emerged from the consultation included:

    • high level support to remove buses and install light rail to improve pedestrian access
    • excitement about George Street becoming a new destination to meet, socialise, dine and shop
    • support for... Continue reading

    Extensive community consultation on our vision for George Street to support the NSW Government's plans for light rail highlighted a firm desire for a well-designed, attractive plaza lined with trees, street furniture and public art.

    A report on the plans for George Street received feedback from 645 people, with 56% of comments positive, 26% offering suggestions and 18% were negative.

    Frequent themes that emerged from the consultation included:

    • high level support to remove buses and install light rail to improve pedestrian access
    • excitement about George Street becoming a new destination to meet, socialise, dine and shop
    • support for a visually attractive 'wire-free' light rail system in pedestrian areas
    • using trees and public art to create a sense of space along what will become Sydney's major boulevard.

    The George Street Concept Design Plan, details more about the vision for a revitalised George Street.

    The City is working with Transport for NSW to finalise the project design to ensure it delivers the best possible outcome.