Green Square residents and visitors will soon enjoy two new tree-lined streets in the heart of the town centre, with work now underway on the major north–south and east–west connections.
The new streets are part of the City of Sydney’s plans to prioritise walkers and bike riders throughout the fast-growing Green Square area, with hundreds of new trees, extra-wide footpaths, elegant street furniture and separated cycleways.
The new Geddes Avenue will connect Botany Road in the west and Portman Street in the east, while Paul Street will run between the future Zetland Avenue in the north and Geddes Avenue in the south.
The works will also include an upgrade of the eastern side of Botany Road next to the Green Square plaza. Construction is expected to be complete in 2017.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the transformation of Green Square was a unique opportunity to create a lively, accessible and welcoming town centre that puts people first.
“Green Square is one of the fastest-growing areas in NSW, so creating a safe and connected network of streets, that are destinations in their own right, is essential,” the Lord Mayor said.
“We want to make sure the area is easy and enjoyable to get around, whether you’re travelling by foot, bike, public transport or car.
“We’re excited to see the streets in the town centre starting to take shape and look forward to the continued development of this thriving new community over the next few years.”
The works include:
- Geddes Avenue – this wide avenue will include a single travel lane in each direction, along with a third central lane providing right-turn bays, accessible pedestrian islands and three signalised intersections. A two-way cycleway on the southern side of the street will be separated from traffic by a wide median strip featuring street trees and gardens.
- Paul Street – the northern section of Paul Street will include two lanes in each direction, along with right turning lanes at each intersection to improve traffic flow. A new bus stop will be located on the western footpath, providing a direct pedestrian connection to the plaza, and new garden beds will separate the footpath from the road.
- Botany Road – an upgrade of the eastern side of Botany Road will see new traffic lights installed at the intersection with Geddes Avenue. The bus layover and shelter area fronting the Green Square plaza will be adjusted to improve pedestrian access, and new kerbs, paving, street lights and trees will be added.
The City has committed $540 million over the next 10 years for the delivery of the Green Square town centre, a 13-hectare site at the centre of the Green Square development area.
As well as extensive streetscaping and infrastructure works, the City is building world-class community facilities, including an aquatic centre, library and plaza, childcare centre, creative arts hub and three new public parks.
The City has worked closely with utility companies, transport providers, commercial developers, its expert design advisory panel and local residents and businesses over two years to develop and refine the designs for the town centre streets.
The area will eventually have 30,500 new dwellings, including about 10,000 now under assessment or construction. When fully completed, Green Square will have a population of up to 61,000 people and provide around 21,000 permanent jobs – many of which will be in the new town centre.
For more information, visit cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/greensquare
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