George St Commercial Vehicle Access Information

If you need to deliver to George Street in the city, we’ve received some helpful information…..

If you find this post useful, please consider visiting the commercial drivers’ page on the MySydney website to find more information about working in the CBD during construction.

Latest information is first with older notices below

April 2016

There will be traffic changes within the construction zone on George Street between Grosvenor and Alfred streets from this weekend. The traffic changes outlined below are required to facilitate the change to the set-up of the light rail work site, including line marking and traffic signals.

Friday 15 April 2016 from 10pm

There will be no left turn access for vehicles from Grosvenor Street to George Street. George Street northbound traffic will be closed between Grosvenor and Essex Street until approximately 2am on Saturday morning to facilitate works. Signage will direct traffic to the best route for access to the construction zone. While you will encounter less congestion by using Hickson Road to enter and leave The Rocks, you can access George Street via Harrington and Essex streets or Bridge, Loftus and Alfred streets. This traffic change will remain in place until further notice.

Sunday 17 April 2016 from 12:30am to 5am

The general access lane through this construction zone will be temporarily closed to all traffic on the morning of Sunday 17 April from 12:30am to 5am. All local traffic requiring access during this time will be escorted through the zone by traffic controllers via a holding area in Essex Street. Please reschedule deliveries before 12.30am or after 5am during this temporary closure, where possible.

We’d appreciate it if you could share this email with your colleagues and network. You can visit the commercial drivers’ page on the MySydney website to find more information about working in the CBD during construction. There is also an online tool that can help you find loading zones and commercial parking stations.

Please visit us at http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au or http://www.transportnsw.info

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JANUARY 2016

Check out the PDF of January closures: TfNSW December 2015 freight and servicing – temporary closure of George Street from Essex Street to King Street FINAL

Subject: Important information freight and servicing access – upcoming CBD road closures
To: CBDFreight <CBDFreight@transport.nsw.gov.au>

Closure of George Street from Essex Street to King Street – 2 to 11 January and 15 to 18 January

George Street will be temporarily closed to general traffic from Essex Street to King Street between 2 and 11 January and 15 and 18 January 2016. Local access will be maintained for residents, workers and delivery and service vehicles accessing driveways.

ALTRAC will carry out relocation works at intersections in the northern section of George Street. The works involve relocating services to assist with the delivery of the light rail project. Additional work will also be carried out in Ausgrid electrical pits. Traffic and access controls will change as part of this work. Key points to note include:

  • Bridge and Grosvenor streets will provide the only east/west access across George Street between Essex and King streets
  • No stopping zones will replace current parking arrangements on King Street between George and York streets
  • Access to The Rocks is via Bridge, Grosvenor or Lang streets and then Harrington Street. Exit is via George Street, then Alfred and Pitt streets
  • Some other parking arrangements may change – check the signs before you park and leave your vehicle.

More detail about access to individual streets is in the attached document which contains a map of the affected area. There is also some information about other changes to CBD and eastern suburbs traffic conditions.

Please note: this information was correct at time of distribution but is subject to change. Remember to check www.livetraffic.com before setting out. You can find out more about light rail construction here –http://www.sydneylightrail.transport.nsw.gov.au

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NOVEMBER 2015

From: CBDFreight <CBDFreight@Transport.nsw.gov.au>
Date: 19 November 2015 at 2:45:43 PM AEDT
Cc: CBDFreight <CBDFreight@Transport.nsw.gov.au>
Subject: Reminder about Sydney CBD loading zones

You may have noticed some recent media commentary by courier representatives saying some deliveries are being abandoned because of a lack of loading zones, adding that tradespeople parking illegally are a key part of the problem.

See:

http://www.pressreader.com/australia/the-daily-telegraph-sydney/20151118/281719793481257/TextView

http://www.pressreader.com/australia/the-daily-telegraph-sydney/20151113/281728383407551/TextView

We’ve checked with some courier company managers and they tell us they are not seeing goods going undelivered or returned to depots.

However, this doesn’t mean there isn’t a problem. Just this morning we saw loading zone infringement notices on vehicles belonging to two electricians, one plumber, an air-conditioning firm, a glazier and a courier. This was in two CBD blocks while on the way to a meeting. There have also been reports of trades and services vehicles being towed away for being in no parking, no stopping or bus zones.

Now is a good time to remind everyone to double check signs before parking.

Remember it is illegal to:

  • Stay in a loading zone without a ticket
  • Stay for longer than 30 minutes with a ticket (15 minutes if driving a station wagon)
  • Top up or refresh loading zone tickets to try and extend your stay
  • Display more than one loading zone ticket.

We listen to all stakeholders and are trying to help trade and service providers by negotiating special rates in some commercial parking stations. Click here for more information – http://mysydney.nsw.gov.au/discounted-tradie-parking-keep-cbd-working . Please consider this option seriously before risking fines or being towed away.

Contact the CBD Freight Movement and Servicing team via CBDFreight@transport.nsw.gov.au with any questions, concerns or suggestions.

 

OCTOBER 2015

From: CBDFreight <CBDFreight@transport.nsw.gov.au>
Date: Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 4:24 PM
Subject: Accessing George Street for commercial drivers
To:

Hello

Here is some information that may help your members who need to enter the closed section of George Street. Could you please circulate and/or post on your website.

Thanks so much for your support.

Vicki

CBD Freight and Servicing team

Good afternoon

George Street is now closed to traffic between King Street and Market street.

Only vehicles servicing the Mid City Centre, Dymocks or Myer/Westfield/Swissotel loading docks are permitted to enter the block, access is controlled. You must approach and enter the block from King Street as there is no access from Market Street.

One tip that may help commercial drivers is that the southern lane of King Street, between York Street and George Street, now has yellow markings (see photo). If you are attempting to access the dock, pull into this marked lane with your right indicator turned on.

When you get to George Street, the traffic controller will come to you and ask where you are going. If you are going to one of those docks they will ask you to wait while pedestrian traffic clears and they move the cone to let you in.

If you are not going to one of those docks you will not be allowed in. You can find more information and maps here –http://mysydney.nsw.gov.au/guides/commercial-drivers .

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As you can see in the photo, there is loading space on that southern side of King Street between 8:00pm and 6:00am on weekdays.

Please remember to drive safely and slowly as pedestrians become used to the new arrangements.

Feel free to send us your feedback about your experiences driving in the CBD.

Regards

CBD Freight and Servicing team

Transport for NSW

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