City of Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, today welcomed the NSW Government’s release of its Sydney City Centre Access Strategy.
The Lord Mayor said the plan was designed to improve all transport modes within the city centre.
“This plan will improve the experience of residents, workers and visitors who between them currently make over one million trips daily to, from and within the city,” the Lord Mayor said.
“It balances competing demands for limited road space and delivers better public transport options while reducing congestion and wasted time spent sitting in cars for those with no option other than to drive.
“We are particularly supportive of plans to introduce 40km/h speed limits to improve safety and the confirmation of a route for a connected bicycle network in the city centre.
“It’s terrific that we have a State Government getting serious about reducing congestion and improving transport in Sydney.”
The Lord Mayor said the City would work closely with the State to jointly deliver the bus lanes, bus stops, taxi lanes and changes to parking required to implement the strategy and ensure these are coordinated with other planned works.
“The proposed changes in the strategy are challenging, but they will go a long way toward transforming our city and reducing congestion,” the Lord Mayor said.
“The Access Strategy is about ensuring our city can flow freely for the next 20 years and beyond.”
The release of the access strategy also provides direction for the next group of cycleways to be designed and built in accordance with NSW Government plans.
The Government has set an ambitious target of doubling local and district trips by bike by 2016 and the City’s work to build a network of safe, separated cycleways will be essential if they want to meet that target.
“Sydneysiders are cycling in record numbers. Bike counts show that there are 31,600 City of Sydney residents currently on a bike ever week. We need to get cracking so that they have the infrastructure they need to stay safe on the road,” the Lord Mayor said.
“We’re keen to get started and we’ll work closely with the State Government to connect and expand our network of safe, separated cycleways.”
Priority routes will be the remaining section of Kent Street, connecting North Sydney with Darling Harbour/Chinatown and the major businesses along the western edge of the CBD.
Other priority routes will be the southern side of Liverpool St from Darling Harbour to Kent Street and the northern side of Liverpool Street from Kent Street to Elizabeth Street.
The access strategy also enables:
- Construction on Campbell Street to commence in early 2014;
- Linking the Bourke Street cycleway to Kent Street, via Campbell, Castlereagh and Liverpool Streets; and
- An opportunity to deliver a separated cycleway in Park Street, extending the existing bike facility in William Street to get cyclists to Castlereagh Street.
The Lord Mayor said the timing of the roll-out of Castlereagh, Pitt and King Streets would depend on Light Rail construction along George Street.
“We want to minimise disruption and avoid simultaneous construction of light rail and cycleways on those key streets,” the Lord Mayor said.