George Street to light up for Christmas


George Street will soon be transformed with Christmas lights when major civil construction for the light rail wraps up between King and Park Streets.

Coordinator General Marg Prendergast today announced that two major work zones along George Street will be transformed from 3 December, opening up a large section of George Street for pedestrians.

"This year, George Street will get a festive makeover inspired by London’s Oxford Street as we move out of sections of George Street where major civil construction for the light rail is complete, ahead of the busy Christmas retail period," Ms Prendergast said.

"From early December, barriers and fencing will be removed along the majority of George Street, between King and Park Streets and Christmas lights installed, with more space for pedestrians and Christmas celebrations along George Street.

Finishing works, including small areas of paving, intersections, smart poles and systems work will continue in the New Year as well as construction of the QVB stop.

Ms Prendergast said she was excited for this year’s Christmas activation program planned for George Street and getting a first look at the future pedestrian boulevard.

"Off the back of positive feedback from retailers about our Christmas activation program last year, we’re looking forward to this year’s program which will see a series of gigantic Christmas wreaths with more than 5000 sparkly, glowing lights suspended above George Street,” Ms Prendergast said.

"Not only will the reduction of construction barriers provide more space, it will give us a first look at the future pedestrian boulevard.

"Devonshire Street, between Chalmers and Elizabeth Streets near Central, is also scheduled to be substantially complete before the end of the year, which will allow more space for pedestrians and improve access to businesses in this busy Surry Hills area."

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