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George Street set to become pedestrian mall

George Street Activation Strategy

A new study by the City of Sydney has proposed that George Street in Sydney’s CBD be turned into a pedestrian mall and light rail zone.

The report titled ‘George Street 2020: A Public Domain Activation Strategy’ took into account outdoor dining, vending, creative and cultural activities.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said, “When the light rail project is complete in five years, George Street will feature a one-kilometre pedestrianised area between Bathurst and Hunter streets.

“This transformation is a unique opportunity to ensure that George Street becomes a world class boulevard that is also a thriving business and retail environment,” said Moore.

The strategy looks at ways that temporary and permanent seating and lighting in the public areas, as well as building edges, awnings and signage, can contribute to the success of George Street.

Light rail will run down the middle of George Street, with a tree zone on either side, followed by a variable ‘flex-zone’ for street furniture (seats, bins, bubblers and bollards), and a 3.6-metre pedestrian area along  buildings’ edges.

There’s also potential for moveable outdoor furniture to be used during the day to encourage greater use of public spaces.

George Street 2020: A Public Domain Activation Strategy is on public exhibition until 13 March, with the City seeking ideas and feedback from retailers, property owners, residents and members of the community with an interest in the future of George Street. To view the strategy, click here.

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