There are over 100 public and private development projects of $10mn or more currently recognised to occur in the CBD over the next 4 years.
The flagship is obviously projects like the Light rail, Barangaroo, the Convention centre and also substantial private sector developments like AMP.
You should also remember that we are developing permanent changes to the city. Once George St closed in October, those zones closed for good.
Zone 9: George St, between Liverpool to Goulburn St, due to start on 19 August Zone 30: Anzac Parade, between Barker and Rainbow St, due to start on 19 August
Zone 15 was due to start in August. No other date has been made public, yet.
Wynyard Station upgrade continues with the completion of most of the capacity improvement work, such as new platform stairs and new ticket gates.
Over the coming months we will be working to improve customer amenity at the station, including new lighting, painting, tiling, signage and seating.
Construction is progressing well on Wynyard Walk with the internal fit out now underway, escalators installed, Sussex Street Bridge complete and the steel frame of the impressive canopy now in place above the new Napoleon Plaza.
The Walk will be open to the public in mid-September to coincide with the opening of the third commercial tower at Barangaroo South. A second portal in Clarence Street will open later in the year In July, almost 600 tonnes of steel arrived at Sydney Harbour which will soon form part of the Barangaroo Ferry Hub The pontoons will remain at White Bay to be fitted out before being transferred to Barangaroo South late this year in preparation for completion of the new Ferry Hub. Piling work is continuing (image bottom left)
The Ferry Hub is scheduled to be ready for ferry services in early 2017
* Source: 2015 – Network Changes and Network Management - RMS modelling of construction impacts on road capacities and demand reduction. Note revised modelling underway.
Up to 15,000 vehicle (upper limit of 10%) over four hours 6-10am Up to 30,000 vehicles (upper limit of 15%) over four hours 3-7pm
The program is reaching a large number of organisations. Over 500 organisations have been engaged, representing over 150,000 employees.
We continue to play a central role in ensuring that Sydneysiders are able to access the major events that help to make the city such a vibrant place to be.
More than 12,000 people took part in the Sydney half-marathon (image top left) in May.
We had the longest and largest Vivid festival in history taking place at the moment. Large crowds have continued to visit Vivid Sydney despite the cold, with 2.3 million people checking out the lights across the 23 days.
Vivid opened on the same night as a double header at Moore Park with Waratahs and Sydney Swans both playing at home. The potential for traffic chaos was high, so we put in place a widespread communication campaign alerting travellers and ensuring those that wanted to get out of the city left early, those that were attending the events opted for Public Transport, and those heading to or through the South East gave themselves plenty of time. In the end, Waratahs won, with more than 18,000 at the match, Sydney Swans won, with a crowd of more than 38,000 at their match, and the crowds won. Extra public transport services helped make sure the network coped with the huge demand. Over 8,000 fans caught shuttle buses to Moore Park, with thousands more walking to the precinct (many adding a stop at pubs and restaurants along the way).
And the next major event in Sydney is the City 2 Surf run – 14km from Hyde Park out to Bondi Beach, the Worlds largest fun run, with more than 80,000 runners from elite athletes to community participants. That many runners, and their supporters, create major transport demands, and we are planning for this now.
Cultural activation opened in Zone 4 on 16 April with an exhibition to commemorate the 75th anniversary of The Battle of Crete and The Greek Campaign in the week leading to Anzac Day. This was followed by an installation as part of the Head on Photographic Festival, featuring large format photographic prints attached to exterior of shipping containers. The next activation from 27th May to coincide with the Vivid Festival was the Totem Forest. Reusing the Christmas LED light pillars along George Street. Currently exploiting surplus road space at the corner of Hunter Street and George Street for an Urban Art Intervention - “Hunter Pops”. In addition to specific place-making, like Zone 4, hoarding designs have been created with the aim of engaging local communities and visitors with the project. They aim to promote a message that Sydney is open for business, sport, entertainment, shopping and that, despite the scale of construction, access remains. Activations have been organised in partnership with the City of Sydney.
Planning Improvements Develop standard bus service diversions and communication material for major unplanned incidents or excessive delays. Develop contingency road closures for unplanned incidents and major planned infrastructure works. Test proposed contingency plans against scenarios with Agencies and modify plans and responses accordingly.
Operational Management Improvements Enhance the dedicated monitoring within the TMC and in the field to proactively respond to unplanned incidents or issues. Work with Agencies including key services utility providers to refine escalation and notification of issues to minimise response times. On a weekend with major closures, the operational planning to prepare for the Monday AM peak should begin on Sunday evening.
Infrastructure Investigate whether additional VMS or CCTV infrastructure is required at key approaches to the CBD.
Enhancing dedicated CBD real-time resources in the TMC Dedicated 24 / 7 management of CBD traffic and transport operations. Dedicated RMS resource to coordinate traffic signal phasing in the CBD between 6am – 9pm Monday to Friday. Extend coverage of real-time customer commutations to 10pm Monday – Friday.
Establishing dedicated CBD real-time resources in the field Dedicated CBD Transport Coordinator in the field between 6am – 8pm Monday to Friday. Additional four Bus Marshals (total of eight) in the CBD during the AM and PM peaks. A dedicated CBD RMS tow truck to patrol and respond to incidents between 6am – 9pm Monday to Friday. Deploy additional field resources to proactively monitor, adjust and manage major changes and closures.
Maintain traffic signal operations during power or communication outages Upgrading sixty four (64) key intersections in the CBD to accept generator power, complete by end of June. Further intersection upgrades in CBD, Surry Hills, Moore Park, Randwick and Kensington will continue through to September. Purchasing an additional fifteen (15) portable generators for deployment to intersections with no power. Providing a total of twenty (20) portable generators within the CBD, and an additional five (5) at Rockdale. RMS has purchased an additional fifty (50) mobile modems for deployment to key intersections in the event of communications failure. Updating procedures to deploy and initiate these responses in a timely manner with stakeholders.
Establishing a CBD Tow Away Zone Parking restrictions in the CBD are generally signposted with “No Stopping” , “No Parking” or “Bus Zone” which limits the ability to remove illegally parked vehicles, even though they create major delays. Establishing a Special Tow –Away area allows the removal and relocation of illegally parked vehicles to a legal parking space.
We know couriers are significant users of loading zone space. In January we established a courier hub at the Goulburn Street car park to test alternative ways to make last leg deliveries. Couriers are making good use of this space which has been designed to facilitate a projected 400,000 to 500,000 deliveries into the CBD a year. The Friday before Valentines Day over 500 deliveries of flowers were made from the hub. Some smaller, more agile have changed their processes to use the space. Larger players have expressed interest but there’s not much uptake from them yet. The aim is for the concept to be replicated by others. We recently did a series of productivity tests using bikes, vans and walkers and we’ll publish this soon. It demonstrated couriers can retain and improve efficiency while adopting different modes for getting around the CBD. Benefits: reducing vehicles both on the road network and occupying kerb space.
You will be aware of the many recent changes to the roads and kerbs pace across the CBD. This has included reducing loading zone space: 16% reduction in on-street loading zones capacity during peak periods. But only a 3% reduction during off peak in the middle of day. We have already seen some behavioural changes: 12% reduction in demand for loading zones during the day. 13% increase in overnight deliveries occurring. 10% decrease in passenger vehicles misusing loading zones. We are pleased to see a willingness among businesses to adapt and innovate, e.g. courier companies organising off-street parking. Looking for opportunities to provide additional loading zones.
Delivering Sydney Light Rail - the traffic impacts
Delivering Sydney Light Rail
- the traffic impacts
Coordinator General, CBD
28 July 2016
Set the scene:
• Sydney will grow by over a million people over the next 10
years and we need to expand to meet this growth.
• Transport for NSW is overseeing the largest transformation of
the Sydney CBD transport network in decades to address it.
The demand :
• Approx 630,000 trips are made to the city centre daily –
67% by public transport and 20% by car. This is forecast to
increase by 25% (155,000 trips) by 2031.
• Over 1.26M travel trips are made within the city for work,
education, shopping, leisure and city living each day.
• These trips will increase by 35% to 1.7M by 2031.
• Our focus is city-wide, but we know the northern end of the
CBD generates the strongest demand for daily travel.
• 100,000 jobs created in the city centre over the next 20 years.
Sydney Light Rail delivery
Currently working in 13/31 Zones
Weekend intersection works
• Work is underway at intersection of Bridge St and Grosvenor St each weekend until
end November 2016.
• Utilities are being identified and relocated.
• Intersection must be open until 10pm each Friday, and be ready to reopen by 5am
Context for change
• The current network wasn’t working and would not meet future demand.
• As we build Tomorrow’s Sydney, access to and moving around the CBD will
get worse before it gets better.
• To keep Sydney moving during this intense period of construction we need
to reduce peak car volumes by 5-15%.
• Managing the Sydney CBD during construction will be a combination of
proactive traffic and transport management solutions combined with an
intensive communications and engagement program referred to as Travel
CBD Coordination Office
• Operational planning: traffic management
and contingency planning
• Strategic and land use planning
(including development approvals)
• Freight planning: deliveries and servicing
• Business and community support (i.e.
activation during periods of disruption)
• Facilitating special events
CBD Coordination Office
• Focus on keeping Sydney moving
and informed throughout all
• Coordinates mitigation measures
around all CBD construction,
deconstruction and major event
• Focus on optimising pedestrian
traffic movements both during and
• Centralised powers to implement
changes to traffic network
• An ‘Olympic style’ travel demand management approach has been adopted to help us manage
the transport network.
• Travel Choices will encourage behavior change among commuters, businesses, their suppliers,
and visitors travelling to and from the Sydney CBD.
• Travel Choices will work with organisations (corporate and government) through workshops and
drop-in sessions to support staff and service providers to make changes and adjust to
• This involves the promotion of the 4 R’s:
Peak travel Around the CBD Avoid driving Off-peak travel
CBD Bus Plan
A series of preferred driving routes have
been developed to help drivers avoid key
construction corridors and ease congestion
•South/South-east and North:
Broadway, Eddy Avenue, Wentworth
Avenue, College Street, Macquarie Street
and the Cahill Expressway.
•East and West:
Cross City Tunnel.
•North and South/South-west:
Western Distributor and Harris Street.
•West and North/East:
• Develop Major Incident Bus Plan.
• Develop contingency road closures for incidents and major planned
• Test proposed contingency plans against scenarios and modify accordingly.
Operational Management Improvements
• Enhance the dedicated monitoring within the TMC and in the field.
• Work with Agencies including key services utility providers.
• After major weekend closures, start the planning for the Monday AM peak on
• Additional VMS or CCTV infrastructure at key approaches to the CBD.
Enhancing Real-Time Management
Plan and prepare to manage unplanned incidents that impact the operation of the
CBD transport network on a 24 / 7 basis
• Enhancing dedicated CBD real-time resources in the TMC
• Establishing dedicated CBD real-time resources in the field
• Maintain traffic signal operations during power or communication outages
• Upgrade intersections to accept generated power
• Portable generators, mobile modems and daily signal check
• Establishing a CBD Tow Away Zone
A tow-away area has been in operation in the
CBD since October 2015
• Any vehicles illegally parked in no stopping,
no parking and bus zones within the area can
• Vehicles will be taken to a legal kerbside
space outside the tow-away area for later
• Helping to manage traffic congestion and
keep the network moving