The City of Sydney and Transport for NSW have signed an agreement setting out the standards under which the new Sydney light rail project will be built through the LGA.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the agreement was a major milestone for the project and will ensure Sydney has an efficient light rail system with world-class design.
“This agreement sets out the binding conditions for the project that will transform the city centre and Surry Hills. The City had been working with design experts and with Transport for NSW to ensure our vision and design standards were delivered along the full route from Circular Quay to Moore Park.
“The light rail project will return 40 per cent of George Street to pedestrians and make it a beautifully designed space for people, free of the noise of the hundreds of buses that now choke it every day.”
“The NSW Government has made clear that Devonshire Street is its preferred route so we have worked to ensure the project will give residents and businesses the best possible outcome,” the Lord Mayor said.
The City is contributing $220 million towards the light rail project.
Over the past ten years, the City has actively encouraged quality development and pursued design excellence in urban design. Since 2004 City projects have won more than 40 national and international design awards.
The Agreement confirms that the Surry Hills route will be built in accordance with the same leading design standards used for all the City’s village main streets, including high-quality paving, furniture and trees. It also guarantees footpath upgrades, new plazas and pocket parks.
The Development Agreement requires:
·A functioning light rail service, extending from Circular Quay to the University of NSW and to Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick;
·High design standards for paving, lighting, trees, smartpoles, street furniture and light rail stops;
·Upgrading both footpaths along the length of Devonshire Street in Surry Hills, with high-quality concrete tile pavers;
·High-quality new plazas and pocket parks where street closures are required adjoining Devonshire Street;
·A new park for Surry Hills to be dedicated to the City as community lands on the current Olivia Gardens site;
·Minimising above-ground infrastructure in Moore Park to maximise accessible open space;
·A pedestrian and cycleway connection incorporated into a new bridge crossing Eastern Distributor to Moore Park;
·Compliance with City of Sydney codes and standards to meet urban design requirements;
·The pedestrianisation of part of George Street from Bathurst Street to Hunter Street;
·Wire-free light rail for the pedestrianised area of George Street between the Town Hall and Wynyard stops;
·Opportunities are explored to mitigate the loss of on-street parking without affecting open space;
·Pedestrian and property access is maintained and all reasonably practicable steps are made to minimise construction impact; and
·Potential for the future expansion of the light rail network to Walsh Bay/Barangaroo and Green Square.
For media inquiries contact
City of Sydney media adviser Matthew Moore
Transport for NSW media team 8202 3760 or email [email protected]