Impact of light rail construction for Sydney CBD traffic, parking and loading zones.
UPDATE 15th April 2016
There will be traffic changes within the construction zone on George Street between Grosvenor and Alfred streets from this weekend. The traffic changes outlined below are required to facilitate the change to the set-up of the light rail work site, including line marking and traffic signals.
Friday 15 April 2016 from 10pm
There will be no left turn access for vehicles from Grosvenor Street to George Street. George Street northbound traffic will be closed between Grosvenor and Essex Street until approximately 2am on Saturday morning to facilitate works. Signage will direct traffic to the best route for access to the construction zone. While you will encounter less congestion by using Hickson Road to enter and leave The Rocks, you can access George Street via Harrington and Essex streets or Bridge, Loftus and Alfred streets. This traffic change will remain in place until further notice.
Sunday 17 April 2016 from 12:30am to 5am
The general access lane through this construction zone will be temporarily closed to all traffic on the morning of Sunday 17 April from 12:30am to 5am. All local traffic requiring access during this time will be escorted through the zone by traffic controllers via a holding area in Essex Street. Please reschedule deliveries before 12.30am or after 5am during this temporary closure, where possible.
We’d appreciate it if you could share this email with your colleagues and network. You can visit the commercial drivers’ page on the MySydney website to find more information about working in the CBD during construction. There is also an online tool that can help you find loading zones and commercial parking stations.
A quick reminder that you can find out where the current loading zones are via an interactive online map here - http://mysydney.nsw.gov.au/guides/commercial-drivers (scroll to the bottom of the page).
Just enter the address you’re heading for, the day of the week, time of day and whether you wish to stay for more or less than 30 minutes to find:
- Where the nearest loading zones are
- Where roadwork and traffic disruptions are
- Where the nearest commercial parking stations are (for those who need to stay for longer than the 30-minute loading zone limit).
On the weekend it was announced that from October 4 all vehicles parked illegally in no parking, no stopping or bus zones in the Sydney CBD will be towed away. There is more information including a map and set of frequently asked questions here - http://mysydney.nsw.gov.au/news/new-sydney-cbd-tow-away-area-keep-traffic-moving .
Please remember to check the signs before you leave your vehicle as what used to be a loading zone may have changed to another use as part of the preparation for the new bus routes. Also be careful about getting back to your vehicle on time if you are parked in a loading zone that changes to a no stopping, no parking or bus lane at some time of the day.
A reminder that you can go online to find out where loading zones and parking stations are located - http://mysydney.nsw.gov.au/guides/commercial-drivers .
Sydney is changing and it will have a dramatic impact on freight and servicing activities in the CBD. Transport for NSW is working to help drivers and businesses plan ahead to keep Sydney moving. New CBD bus routes, road network improvements and closures along George Street will impact loading zones and kerb spaces across the entire city.
The NSW Government is producing regular newsletters to inform industry of the impact and progression of the construction projects. A website has been created for you to plan travel and be aware of current activities. Please use this link and also be alert to newsletters MPA sends out from time to time.
FREIGHT AND SERVICING
Sydney is changing and it will have a dramatic impact on freight and servicing activities in the CBD.
Transport for NSW is working to help drivers and businesses plan ahead to keep Sydney moving. New CBD
bus routes, road network improvements and closures along George Street will impact loading zones and kerb
spaces across the entire city.
This guide will help keep you informed about the changes and the best ways to maintain business activity.
• Check road and parking signs while in the city. Traffic controllers will also be providing direction at some work sites.
• Visit the Tomorrow’s Sydney commercial drivers page to find the latest information about:
--The location of loading zones and other parking options (scroll down to the map-based tool at the bottom of the page)
--Detailed information about changes to kerbside use.
• Email Transport for NSW’s CBDFreight team for advice. https://tdx.transportnsw.info/
FREIGHT AND SERVICING
A new online tool will help you find the location of loading zones and provides information about nearby parking stations (including maximum vehicle height). Loading zone
data is updated weekly and available for planners via the Transport Data Exchange. Thank you to the couriers and tradespeople who helped out by taking part in user testing
before the tool was launched.
Access to George Street
George Street will be closed to general traffic between King and Market streets from 23 October for light rail construction.
Only those drivers delivering to loading docks in the block, making service calls, residents, car space owners and emergency vehicles will be given access. If you are not accessing those driveways you will not be permitted to enter this section of the street. Please follow the signs and directions from traffic controllers. If you are not accessing those driveways you will not be permitted to enter this section of the street. Please plan ahead and follow the signs and directions from traffic controllers.
The maps on the following pages show how commercial drivers can access the block from 23 October. Please keep them for reference and share with your business contacts.
Progressive closures will take place in the weeks and months ahead. Plan ahead by visiting the Sydney light rail construction schedule.
Tips for maintaining business activity CBD businesses
• Review the maps and other information to understand the potential impact on access to your premises.
• Ensure your delivery and service providers are aware of and have access to your building’s loading dock.
• Consider which of your deliveries could be scheduled outside peak periods.
• Investigate how deliveries can be consolidated so fewer trips are needed.
• Engage with your delivery and service providers to develop an action plan that will give you more certainty and reliability of service.
• Look at working with neighbouring businesses on collaborative solutions.
• Review the maps to determine which of your customers will have access changes.
• Kerbside parking conditions will change progressively – make sure you check the signs before leaving your vehicle.
• Consider loading docks as your first option. If your customer doesn’t have a loading dock, work with them to explore other off-street alternatives.
• Visit the Tomorrow’s Sydney website for more tips and to find out where loading zones and parking alternatives are located.
• Use this information to plan your journey and make sure you allow additional travel time.
• Work with your customers to see whether you can schedule your jobs outside peak times.
• When you’re on the road, follow the signs, adhere to speed limits and follow the instructions of traffic controllers.
Travel Choices – advice for CBD businesses
Transport for NSW has set up a free, dedicated resource to help CBD businesses. Travel Choices aims to ensure businesses of all types and sizes are given help that will assist in managing the impacts of four years of changes to the way the CBD operates. They have information about how to manage staff, customer and freight travel. The key for all businesses
is to plan ahead and test your plans before construction begins.
Need more information?
Enquiries about access for delivery, trade and other service vehicles
CBD Freight and Servicing team – CBDFreight@transport.nsw.gov.au
Light Rail Community Relations team – 1800 684 490,
More information about support for your CBD-based business
Travel Choices team – firstname.lastname@example.org