Creating a people-friendly city centre

We’re turning more of George Street into a pedestrian-only boulevard

As more people return to the city, wider footpaths will open up extra space for us all to gather and get around safely in a project set to further transform George Street.

To create better access for people walking, temporary traffic changes will be introduced, including extending the current southbound lane closure of George Street between Bathurst and Campbell streets to Rawson Place.

The project will create new opportunities for businesses to operate, while ensuring everyone can move around comfortably and maintain physical distancing.

Changes to the city centre will allow people to move around comfortably while maintaining physical distancing

The new temporary street closures start Monday 20 July with funding from the NSW Government.

We’ll look at making these changes permanent and will place plans on exhibition for community feedback.

Locals businesses have welcomed the plan.

Managers of the World Square retail hub on George Street said the wider footpath will allow greater connectivity.

“As the Sydney city centre navigates the recovery from the impact of Covid-19, this will enable Sydneysiders, our city workers and returning tourists to come to the city with confidence,” World Square general manager Paul Morgan said.

The Sydney Business Chamber said that the city’s small businesses in particular had been severely impacted by the coronavirus, with the once-vibrant hospitality sector “doing it tough”.

Local businesses have welcomed creating a people-friendly city

Executive director Katherine O'Regan said the local economy would see an immediate benefit from an increase in foot traffic along George Street.

“Extending and opening up pedestrian access along George Street through to Haymarket will greatly encourage more people to come to the city, and come safely,” Katherine said.

“This will provide a much needed boost to businesses in the area.

“Many companies are developing their return to the workplace plans, and this project will support more people returning to work in city offices, as well as supporting domestic tourism.”

To further support local businesses, we’ll extend the waiving of outdoor dining fees along the light rail route up until 30 June 2021.

We’re now working with local businesses and cultural groups to explore opportunities for activating key sites to help reinvigorate the area.

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