Sydney’s taxi services are getting ready for the Sydney CBD closure of George Street between Market and King Streets from Friday 23 October as part of the Sydney Light Rail construction.
CEO of the NSW Taxi Council Roy Wakelin-King said that the industry had heeded the call from the NSW Government to prepare for increased traffic congestion as motorists familiarise themselves with the changes to traffic conditions.
“The Light Rail Project is significant project for Sydney and we have worked closely with State Government and the CBD Coordination Office in helping us to inform taxi networks and the thousands of accredited drivers throughout Sydney,” Mr Wakelin-King said.
“We have been working with Sydney-based taxi networks for several months to get the message out to drivers about the closure of George Street in the CBD and the resulting changes to CBD roads.
“This includes providing maps, the latest digital information and continuous messages to drivers with the latest up to date information.
“There will be challenges because this is such a large public infrastructure project in the middle of Australia’s most populous city and we ask passengers to be patient whilst we all adjust to these changes.
“We are also thankful to the NSW Government and the City of Sydney for their cooperation and support in developing two new ‘super ranks’ which are now operating on Bathurst and Pitt Streets.
“These new ranks help enhance Sydney’s night time economy by providing safe and easily accessible transport options and will help passenger who quickly need to get a trip home from the city.
“Marshals will supervise these ranks on weekends between 10pm - 6am and they will be monitored 24-hours a day by CCTV cameras linking to the City of Sydney’s real-time monitoring facility.”