George Street South Pedestrianisation

Project Overview

Transformation of George Street, south of Bathurst Street, into a pedestrian-friendly area.

What work is being done?

  • Extended pedestrianised zones at the southern end of George Street between Bathurst Street and Rawson Place
  • Open space improvements on George Street between Rawson Place and Pitt Street, Ultimo Road, Thomas Street and Hay Street
  • More than 9,000 square metres of new space for walking
  • Granite footpaths to replace car lanes
  • New street trees, seating and lighting
  • Spaces for outdoor dining
  • Simpler intersections to reduce travel times for everyone

Construction staging:

Construction has been divided into various stages to minimise impact, and has progressed south, block by block, on the east and west side of the light rail tracks. See Project Updates below for details of progress in each stage of construction currently underway.

The estimated construction period for the overall project is March 2021 to December 2022.

Work hours:

Work will predominantly be carried out during the day between 7:00am and 5:00pm (Monday to Saturday). Some noise restricted activities will occur between 5:00pm and 10:30pm but will not be programmed to be continuous.

Additional weekend and night works:

Works over some nights and weekends will be required when the light rail is not operating. We will notify you in advance when any night and weekend works are scheduled.

We will work to minimise impacts during this time. However, there may be machinery noise, temporary restrictions to traffic parking and changes to pedestrian access. If there is bad weather, our contractors will try to start the work the next day. If unsuitable weather continues, we will update you on any changes to the schedule.

You will still be able to access properties in the street. We will consult with you if we need to temporarily restrict access to progress work.


Artist impression of George Street, pedestrianised between Hay Street and Rawson Place (image by Virtual Ideas, based on a City of Sydney design)

The safety of our communities, residents and staff is our top priority. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it may become necessary to reschedule works at short notice. Thank you for your patience while we complete these important works.

More information about the George Street pedestrianisation project can be found on the City of Sydney website at: City of Sydney George Street Pedestrian Boulevard

For more information:

Please contact Denise Grant, Community Liaison Officer, Sydney Civil, on 0449 807171or email community@sydneycivil.com

Stage 5: Ultimo Road

Footpath areas are now open on Ultimo Road (north and south sides).

Stage 1C: George Street and Rawson Place

1. Works on George Street (between Rawson Place and Pitt Street) are progressing well involving excavation, drainage, electrical, concreting, and paving activities.

Stage 5: Ultimo Road to Thomas Street

1. Paving at the intersections of Thomas Street / Hay Street and George Street / Ultimo Road are now complete.

Stage 3: Devonshire Street between Chalmers Street and Elizabeth

1. Devonshire Street between Chalmers Street and Elizabeth is now complete. Fencing has been removed and open to public on both sides of the tracks.

Stage 6A: Hay Street, from George Street to Sussex Street

1. Pedestrianisation works are now underway in Hay Street between George Street and Sussex Street (north side).

Stage 5: Ultimo Road

1. Pedestrianisation works will be commencing in Ultimo Road between George Street and Thomas Street, and Thomas Street at the intersection of Hay Street on Monday 21 March 2022.

Stage 3: Devonshire Street from Chalmers Street to Elizabeth Street

1. Pedestrianisation works are now underway in Devonshire Street, between Chalmers Street and Elizabeth Street.

Stage 2D: Hay Street to Rawson Place

1. Pedestrianisation works are now largely complete from Hay Street to Ultimo Road, with kerb stone and paving works still to be completed from Ultimo Road to opposite Rawson Place, on the West side.

Stage 1D: Hay Street to Rawson Place

1. Pedestrianisation works are now largely complete from Hay Street to Rawson Place, on the East side.

Stage 1C/2C: Goulburn Street to Hay Street - NOW OPEN

1. Pedestrianisation works undertaken from August to December 2021.

Stage 1B/2B: Liverpool Street to Goulburn Street - NOW OPEN

1. Pedestrianisation works undertaken from April to July 2021.

Stage 1A/2A: Bathurst Street to Liverpool Street - NOW OPEN

1. Pedestrianisation works undertaken from March to July 2021.

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Artistic Impressions


Artist impression of George Street, pedestrianised between Hay Street and Rawson Place (image by Virtual Ideas, based on a City of Sydney design)


Artist impression of George Street, pedestrianised at Campbell Street (image by Virtual Ideas, based on a City of Sydney design)


Artist impression of George Street, pedestrianised at Valentine Street (image by Virtual Ideas, based on a City of Sydney design)