NSW Minister for Transport Andrew Constance, Minister for Roads Duncan Gay and CBD Coordinator General Marg Prendergast have thanked Sydney bus customers and motorists for adapting to Sydney’s CBD transport changes, and asked for vigilance with 10 days left until the first block of George Street closes for light rail construction.
“Bus customers have responded very positively to major changes to their routes, with another successful peak this morning, but we face a renewed challenge when George Street closes between King and Market streets,” Mr Constance said.
“I caution that we are still bedding-in the bus changes, but it has been a positive start.”
Minister for Roads Duncan Gay said a major challenge for Sydneysiders would come from Friday, 23 October, when motorists will no longer be able to drive on George Street between Market Street and King Streets.
“In ten days’ time we face the reality of losing the first block in George Street and it is going to have an impact on the way we use the city in the next four years and beyond,” Mr Gay said.
“No one is under any misapprehension this won’t be a massive challenge for everyone who uses George Street.
CBD Coordinator General Marg Prendergast has urged drivers, taxi operators, couriers and tradespeople to start planning now and find alternative routes to George Street.
“If you’re driving from one side of the city to another, it’s far wiser to drive around the edges of, or under, the city centre,” Ms Prendergast said.
“Where people can re-time their journey away from the peak it makes sense to do so. Of course the Live Traffic website – www.livetraffic.com – always features any incidents or other closures in real time so you can plan the best route to your destination.
“Take a look at the MySydney website – mysydney.nsw.gov.au – to understand the changes and see how to navigate around the city from October 23.”