Sydney buses to slow

Bus users asked to endure longer journeys as light-rail project ramps up in Sydney’s CBD

People on board buses approaching Sydney’s CBD from the south east are warned to expect delays as more of the city shuts to traffic as light-rail construction progresses from this week onwards.

The latest work is centred around Moore Park as a new light-rail tunnel is dug out underneath Anzac Parade.

Sydney CBD coordinator General Marg Prendergast says a temporary diversion is now in place on a busy section of Anzac Parade near Albert Tibby Cotter Bridge.

"All traffic on Anzac Parade will be directed on to the temporary road diversion and will return to normal around the middle of next year," she says.

This level of bus service disruption was to be avoided in initial plans, which involved keeping more roads open during construction – but the goal is to reduce the time it takes to complete the project.

"The original plan for constructing the tunnel involved three stages of varying road diversions, so not only will this be faster, it will be simpler for all who use Anzac Parade," Prendergast says.

"By temporarily diverting traffic, we are reducing planned construction time to less than a year.

"While construction is underway in this zone, bus customers from the south east should allow extra travel time in case of delays and be aware of traffic changes in the area."

Northbound buses will still use the Moore Park busway during morning peak periods and southbound buses will operate on Anzac Parade.

"This allows construction on and near the busway from 9am daily and during weekends, getting the job done faster," Prendergast says.

The transformation of George Street is also ramping up with light-rail construction now extending into the northern end of the CBD, and the section between Bridge and Margaret streets reduced to one lane from this week onwards.

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