Three pedestrian only streets are planned for Green Square’s town centre to help make walking the best way to get around Sydney’s fastest growing urban precinct.
Fellmonger Place to the north of the plaza will become an ‘eat street’ filled with cafes and restaurants, while parts of Hinchcliffe and Barker Streets will be traffic free, providing paved links to the heart of the town centre.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City was future-proofing the area by giving walking and cycling infrastructure top priority.
“Walking will be the quickest, easiest and most pleasant way to explore the Green Square neighbourhood, so we’re doing all we can to create wide, accessible footpaths, surrounded by trees and gardens, with quiet backstreets for locals and visitors to explore,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Planning Green Square from the ground up means we have a unique opportunity to put people first and create a main street that’s wide and comfortable for walkers, riders and drivers.
“Most people don’t realise that the heart of Green Square is only three kilometres, a 40-minute walk from Central, making walking or riding a bike a great transport option.”
The City has committed $540 million over 10 years for the delivery of the town centre, a 13-hectare site that will become the community’s epicentre. Roughly the same size as Hyde Park, residents and visitors will be able to walk across the town centre in about 10 minutes.
Zetland Avenue, Green Square’s 36-metre-wide tree lined boulevard provides pedestrians and cyclists with generous footpaths and separated off road cycleways, centrally located to link people directly between the creative arts hub, parklands, the aquatic centre, the library and plaza, and onto the Green Square railway station and retail /commercial areas.
The close proximity of all new community facilities makes walking and cycling the easiest and most time effective transport options.
Surrounding streets will have their own unique character with high-quality permanent and temporary artworks, creating attractive opportunities to walk or cycle through the area.
More than 60,000 people will move into 30,500 new homes in Green Square by 2030, making it Australia’s densest residential area.