Sydney’s PT network tested

Road closure to strain Sydney’s CBD and PT network with light rail construction this week

While major bus timetable and route changes came in on October 4, the new system will be truly tested this week as other vehicles re-route away from George Street, which will increase congestion and likely delay bus services in the CBD.

"It’s been more than 65 years since the trams on George Street were replaced by buses and this marks a historic movement towards the future of transport in the Sydney CBD as we make way for Sydney Light Rail major construction," New South Wales minister for transport and infrastructure Andrew Constance says.

"Light rail will change how we travel through the city and all road users need to be prepared to accommodate major construction work."

NSW minister for roads Duncan Gay urges all who use the CBD to prepare for possible congestion and travel delays as the transport network adjusted to losing its main north-south connection between King and Market streets.

"This will be a big test for both the road network and the bus network," he says.

"The bus route changes have gone well so far, but closing George Street is the big challenge and the peak hour this week will be the real test.

"We need motorists to re-time their journey away from the peak, or ideally swap the car for public transport."

NSW CBD coordinator general Marg Prendergast reassures commuters that changes to the bus network will be made If necessary, depending on how smoothly things go this week.

"We will continue to monitor and adjust arrangements throughout the CBD as we go through this difficult period of change," she says.

"Everyone who uses the CBD has a part to play, if we all do our bit we can keep traffic moving, keep business thriving and ensure disruption is minimised during the construction period."

An even larger portion of George Street will close to motorists from Market Street to Park Street on December 3 this year.

Construction on the 12-kilometre light rail route from Circular Quay to Randwick and Kingsford is expected to be completed by 2018, with services starting in early 2019.

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