The project for Thomas and Hay street Chinatown upgrade has finally come together. It is now open for community consultation. Below are the details published on the Sydney City Council site. The project planning will be finalised in four weeks. Following that, construction will begin.

Have your say on Thomas Street upgrade, Chinatown

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Project Coordinator 6 May 2013, 1:34pm

Please join us and the Lord Mayor at a consultation for the concept plans of Thomas Street upgrade in Chinatown.

In 2010, the City of Sydney developed a Public Domain Plan for Chinatown in consultation with the community. The Plan celebrates the unique character and heritage of Chinatown and creates more space for pedestrians, public art, outdoor markets and events. Improvements and traffic changes to Thomas Street between Hay Street and Quay Street is the second stage as part of the Chinatown Public Domain Plan.

The proposal includes:

  • A new public space on Thomas Street between Ultimo Road and Thomas Lane;
  • Widened footpaths to create a strong pedestrian environment;
  • New public art, street furniture and lighting; and
  • More street trees and shade to improve footpath amenity.

The following traffic changes are also proposed:

  • 10km/h Shared Zone with timed closures on Thomas Street (between Ultimo Road and Thomas Lane), giving priority to pedestrians in this section of the street;
  • From Ultimo Road, there will be no through traffic southbound into the proposed Thomas Street shared zone;
  • One-way southbound traffic on Thomas Street between Thomas Lane and Quay Street;
  • One travel lane on Thomas Street between Hay Street and Ultimo Road. A left turn lane into Ultimo Road will be retained; and
  • Adding two loading zones in the area, and removing 18 parking spaces on the western side of Thomas Street to allow for widened footpaths.

The consultation will be held between 4pm and 7pm on Wednesday 8 May at Dickson Room, Level 1, Holiday Inn Darling Harbour, 68 Harbour Street, Sydney. Lord Mayor Clover Moore will come at 4pm to open the consultation.

You can also view the plans and provide your feedback to Project Manager Gabriella Monagle on 02 9265 9333 or via[email protected] until 6pm on 3 June 2013.