Movement of people

A busy living city

As the city changes, the movement of people and goods are increasingly important. The movement of people and goods are elements of a productive city and are always under evaluation by us to improve efficiency across the network. Major transport, commercial and residential developments, lead to an increase in employment and population, across the Sydney city centre. This growth has resulted in a growing demand for freight services, particularly for small parcel deliveries.

It is essential to plan, manage and facilitate freight and servicing productivity throughout the city centre, to ensure the most efficient, timely and reliable movement of people and goods throughout the day.

As the dynamics of the city centre continue to change and greater demand is placed on the transport network, continual adjustments to the operation of the transport network will need to be made to maximise the functions of the existing network.

Since the release of the 2013 Sydney City Centre Access Strategy, many operational and infrastructure changes have been implemented to increase transport capacity. These include:

  • Providing more rail, bus and ferry services to the city centre, including more than:
  • Over 1,600 extra weekly train services
  • Over 2,000 extra weekly bus services
  • 185 extra weekly light rail services
  • 176 extra weekly ferry services
  • Implementation of priority bus corridors, new routes and services to the city centre
  • Providing more frequent ferry services and more direct routes
  • The introduction of a Tow Away area in the Sydney city centre which allows the removal of vehicles causing congestion on key transport corridors
  • Extension of clearways on major traffic routes into the Sydney city centre
  • Decluttering and reconfiguration of city centre train stations and footpaths
  • Delivery of a north-south and east west separated cycleway in the city centre.
Since December 2013 we have added over 4,000 additional weekly trips servicing the Sydney city centre.


To maintain efficiency and reliability on the road network, no stopping zone times have been increased in many locations to facilitate more flow on the network. No stopping zones were extended by one hour in the morning peak and an extra two hours in the evening peak. These changes are consistent with the ‘retime’ advice from the Travel Choices program.

Freight vehicles are encouraged to use kerbside loading zones outside of peak times so they can decrease the travel time of their own journeys and limit congestion in the city centre during peak periods.

In 2015, Roads and Maritime Service implemented traffic capacity improvements at fifteen sites throughout the city centre over a period of ten months. These key improvements were provided to support the closure of George Street, with the commencement of the construction of the CBD and South East Light Rail. Provide more reliable bus operations, reduce the number of cars driving through the city centre and maintain access servicing businesses.