More Sydneysiders and visitors from around the world will be able to access the Sydney Harbour Bridge with new lifts to be installed to make the scenic walk across Australia’s most recognisable landmark accessible.
Lifts will be installed at Kirribilli and The Rocks so that people with prams, the elderly or those in a wheelchair can access the Sydney Harbour Bridge walkway.
Currently there are 61 steps on Broughton Street at Kirribilli and 64 steps at Cumberland Street in The Rocks to access the walkway.
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka said community consultation and detailed planning work will continue to ensure the heritage value of the bridge is preserved during the upgrade.
“Everyone, including people with disability, should be able to enjoy everything NSW has to offer. This project is a game-changer for people with disability and their families,” Ajaka said.
Roads and Maritime Services has carried out extensive work to investigate preferred locations for the lift access, taking into account the heritage value, accessibility standards, visual impacts and integration with the existing structure.
Consultation, detailed design and environmental assessment is expected to take around 12 months, with construction to start soon after, pending planning and heritage approvals.
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