Year of progress for CBD transformation
21 December, 2017
A message from Transport for NSW Coordinator General Marg Prendergast
2017 has been a huge year of change here in Sydney, with work forging ahead on major transport projects and initiatives across the CBD.
December saw the completion of the Wynyard Station upgrade which was marked in spectacular style with the unveiling of Interloop, a heritage-inspired artwork featuring parts of the station’s iconic wooden escalators.
Transport’s courier hub trial continued throughout 2017, giving companies the chance to use dedicated parking spaces, secure cages and lockers and providing an innovative alternative to driving vans.
Barangaroo Wharf opened to customers in June, increasing Sydney’s ferry capacity and servicing thousands of people who travel to this booming commercial and residential district.
Excitement has been building in the CBD around Sydney Metro with work well underway to deliver Sydney’s new world-class metro system.
ArtMoves has brought extra colour and light to Kingsford and Kensington this year, with seven artworks installed at five locations along Anzac Parade. The public art project is transforming the streets of Kingsford and Kensington with sculptures, street art, outdoor furniture and landscape designs, creating fresh spaces for the community to enjoy.
Work on the CBD and South East Light Rail has made great headway in 2017, with crews starting or continuing major construction in all 31 work zones across the CBD, Moore Park, Surry Hills, Randwick, Kingsford and Kensington.
December has been a particular highlight with the opening of the pedestrian space on George Street, between King and Park Streets.
Barriers were removed early in the month, unveiling a striking pedestrian boulevard which we decked out with six huge wreaths and more than 5000 lights for the festive season.
It was a big year for Travel Choices, a program that aims to encourage commuters to adjust the way they travel to, from and around the city to help them prepare and adapt to changes to the city’s transport and road network.
We released new data in August showing that since 2015 there has been an 11 per cent reduction in the number of inbound vehicles and a 9.4 per cent increase in public transport use for trips into the CBD during the morning peak. This increase in public transport use equates to over 3 million additional individual trips into the CBD by public transport – no mean feat!
In October we celebrated some of the CBD’s Travel Choices champions, recognising the efforts of organisations and individuals helping to change our city’s travel behaviours.
It’s going to be another big year in 2018 as major construction on the CBD and South East Light Rail forges ahead. More barriers will come down throughout the year as major construction wraps up in more zones, bringing us closer to the start of passenger services in 2019.
Our teams will continue working closely with drivers, public transport customers, businesses, residents and the wider community to minimise disruption during this exciting and transformative period.
I’d like to thank everyone who has been impacted by the changes for working with us to keep Sydney moving.
We have seen some immense changes in our city in 2017, and there are more to come as we keep working to deliver these historic projects.
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