Final touches laid on CBD road capacity improvements
20 July, 2016

Asphalting taking place on Castlereagh Street in the Sydney CBD

Major light rail construction may be in full swing in the Sydney CBD, but everyday road users can still expect to get around the city following the completion of a road capacity upgrade program.

Work crews have completed essential improvements across 17 locations over the past year to prepare the Sydney CBD for major changes, including a new bus network and the introduction of light rail.

CBD Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said crews had put in more than 800,000 hours to design and complete the work, which included rebuilding footpaths and kerbside changes to improve accessibility and capacity for buses, motorists, taxis and cyclists.

 “Crews completed work on 54 intersections, replaced or relocated more than 150 traffic light and street light poles and resurfaced more than 100,000 square metres of road, the equivalent of resurfacing the Sydney Harbour Bridge five times over,” Ms Prendergast said.

“Some changes to kerbs at intersections may have looked relatively minor, but have made a massive difference to the way buses can move around the city.

“We added another vehicle lane on both Market and College streets, which following the closure of George Street have both become even more crucial to moving vehicles around the city without congesting its central north-south arteries.

“One of the most noticeable changes we made was the creation of new cycleways on Castlereagh and Liverpool streets, which connect to the existing Kent Street cycleway to create the first ever seamless connection through the CBD for cyclists.”

The Capacity Improvement Program complements the new CBD bus network introduced in October last year to provide better service reliability and remove congestion from the CBD core.

Ms Prendergast thanked CBD residents, workers business and visitors for working with Transport for NSW during the work and encouraged ongoing community feedback as major construction continues in the city.

“Many of the locations are key CBD driving routes for buses, taxis and delivery and tradespeople, and this work has provided the extra capacity to keep Sydney moving,” Ms Prendergast said.

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