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Sydney city centre roads

A busy living city

We have undertaken substantive work in recognising the importance of urban streets in the context of their Movement and Place functions. This work recognises that urban streets and roads contribute in many ways to the economic, environmental and social functioning of cities.

The Sydney city centre has a street network that provides movement to, through and within for both public and private transport. It also has streets that are a destination in their own right and require different priorities, such as Pitt Street, George Street and Martin Place.

Key observations:

  • The majority of streets in the immediate Circular Quay precinct are classified as local streets or places for people (with the exception of the Cahill Expressway). These ‘local’ and ‘places for people’ classifications, support the need for enhanced place making opportunities, particularly given the high levels of activity in the area.
  • Streets on the harbour facing sides of the city (northern and western sides) are mostly made of local streets. Local movements are facilitated in local streets, rather than through movements.
  • Movement corridors bypass the Sydney city centre to provide movement around the Sydney city centre, improving safety, reducing conflicts, improving journey reliability to avoid adding to demand to the inner city road space.
  • Places for people streets are found in the centre of the city such as Pitt Street Mall as well as around the popular area of Circular Quay.
  • The vibrant streets form an inner ring around the Sydney city centre, recognising that there is a need to balance movement while maintaining a place function along the corridors. Leaving the inner ring for movement of pedestrians, cyclist, public transport and movement of goods, rather than private vehicles.

George Street

George Street’s function is as a ‘vibrant street’ as not only does it facilitate movement of people via the CBD and South East Light Rail, it is a major pedestrian area with access to buildings, shops, restaurants and offices. It therefore facilitates the movement of large numbers of people whilst also creating place and atmosphere.

Pitt Street Mall

Pitt Street Mall has a high pedestrian permeability with no access for vehicles except for freight and servicing during the early morning. It allows the movement of people whilst creating places to stop and shop, eat and rest.