A successful year of CBD construction
22 December, 2016

A message from CBD Coordinator General Marg Prendergast

2016 has been a huge year of change here in Sydney, with significant progress made on major transport projects across the CBD.

The upgrade of Museum Station was completed in September, improving access for our customers and ensuring the heritage significance of the station was preserved.

Wynyard Walk tunnel opened in September, meaning pedestrians can now make the journey from Wynyard Station to Barangaroo on foot in around six minutes. 

The new Clarence Street entrance opened in December, providing direct access from the Wynyard Station concourse to Kent Street, Clarence Street and the Wynyard Walk tunnel.

This fully accessible link has capacity for 20,000 people an hour and safely connects pedestrians between one of Sydney’s busiest transport interchanges, the developing western CBD corridor and Barangaroo.

At Wynyard Station, work has been forging ahead on the upgrade. New fixtures and finishes are now in place, plus a wider concourse with additional ticket gates and less clutter on the concourse and platforms.

Work is continuing on the next phase of the upgrade, which includes platform ventilation and a heat relief system trial, lighting upgrades and the refurbishment of the York Street entrance.

The wooden escalators at both Wynyard and Town Hall stations will also be replaced early next year to improve safety and reliability.

Barangaroo Ferry Hub is set to open to customers in early 2017, with construction underway throughout the year.  Work has included piling undertaken from barges, pontoon and landing structure installation, as well as the fit-out and finishes for each wharf. The two new ferry wharves will serve customers travelling to and from the inner harbour and Sydney’s west.

Work on the CBD and South East Light Rail has made great headway in 2016, with major construction now underway in 21 of our 31 work zones across the CBD, Moore Park, Surry Hills, Randwick, Kingsford and Kensington.

Throughout the year, our crews have been working hard to clear the way for the new light rail. Undertaking this complex utility work under the roadways has been a huge task.

Above ground, we’ve reached some important milestones, with the first track laid in Kensington in August and then here in the CBD, on George Street, in December.

We’ve continued to work closely with the community and businesses along the light rail route and in July we launched a mobile information hub which travels across the CBD and South East to provide information about light rail construction.  To date, our street teams have interacted with more than 23,000 people, answering questions about construction and traffic arrangements.

Through our Travel Choices program, we’ve engaged with more than 600 organisations to help people adapt to the road and transport changes in Sydney and we’ve seen some real changes in travel behaviour as people embrace the message to re-time, re-mode, re-route and reduce their need for car travel.

It’s going to be another big year in 2017 with major construction on the CBD and South East Light Rail rolling out across more zones and finishing in others. Work will also start on our three terminus locations at Circular Quay, Randwick and Kingsford. We will also see completion of other projects across the CBD: Barangaroo Ferry Hub will open to customers and both the Wynyard Station and Town Hall Station upgrades will be completed.

I’d like to thank everyone who has been impacted by the changes for working with us to keep Sydney moving. Our teams will continue to work carefully with drivers, public transport customers, residents, businesses and the wider community to minimise disruption during the construction period.

In the past 12 months we have seen great changes in our city and it’s only the beginning, as we keep working to deliver more of these transformative projects. 

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