Two new tree-lined streets will provide important new connections and improve accessibility in the heart of Green Square’s town centre.
Work on Paul Street and Geddes Avenue – the area’s major north–south and east–west connections – is now complete. The City of Sydney will hold an information day on Saturday 28 October 2017 celebrating the new connections and updating local residents on other facilities and infrastructure under construction.
The new streets are part of the City’s plans to prioritise walking and cycling in the fast-growing Green Square area, with hundreds of new trees, extra-wide footpaths, elegant street furniture and separated cycleways.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the transformation of Green Square was a unique opportunity to create a lively and welcoming town centre that puts people first.
“With around 100 new residents moving in every week, Green Square is one of the fastest-growing areas in NSW – so creating a 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.
“These new connections are an important addition to the town centre and will help connect residents, workers and visitors to the greater Green Square area and the rest of Sydney.”
The new Geddes Avenue connects Botany Road in the west and Portman Street in the east. It includes a single travel lane in each direction and a central lane with right-turn bays, accessible pedestrian islands and signalised intersections.
A two-way cycleway on the southern side of the street will be separated from traffic by a wide median strip with street trees and gardens.
The new Paul Street runs between the future Zetland Avenue in the north and Geddes Avenue in the south. The northern section includes two lanes in each direction and right-turning lanes at each intersection to improve traffic flow.
New garden beds will separate the footpath from the road, and there will soon be a direct pedestrian connection from Paul Street to the library and plaza.
The new streets are named after important figures and moments in Green Square’s history. Geddes Avenue is named after John Geddes Snr and his son, John H. Geddes, prominent local tannery workers who went on to serve as aldermen in Waterloo in the 1860s.
Paul Street is named after the John Paul pottery works, which sat alongside brickworks, candle and soap factories, tanneries, breweries and wool washing firms in the industrial Cooper Estate (now Alexandria) in the 1850s.
The new streets are at the centre of the 278-hectare Green Square development area, which includes the suburbs of Beaconsfield and Zetland, and parts of Rosebery, Alexandria and Waterloo.
Over the next 10 years the City will complete extensive infrastructure and streetscaping works throughout Green Square. New community facilities will include an aquatic and recreation centre, library and plaza, creative centre, childcare centre and several new parks and open spaces.
The City has worked closely with utility companies, transport providers, commercial developers, its expert design advisory panel and local residents and businesses to develop and refine the designs for the town centre streets.
Geddes Avenue and Paul Street information day
When: 12.30pm to 2pm on Saturday 28 October 2017
Where: Meet at south end of Ebsworth Street, Zetland
Note: There will be a Welcome to Country and welcome by the Lord Mayor at 1pm. Free refreshments, family activities, entertainment and bike tune-ups will be available throughout the event
Source: City of Sydney