Liverpool City Council’s Railway Street Shared Spaces Demonstration Project is part of the NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces program will see a temporary revitalisation of Railway Street.
Liverpool City Council’s Railway Street Project is designed to activate the street, stimulate the local economy, and enhance the streetscape.
The project will deliver:
- Temporary footpath widening and kerb buildouts with the addition of parklets, barriers, surface treatments, street lines and artificial turf.
- An outdoor dining area with temporary furniture, barriers, shading devices, and lighting.
- Creation of recreation areas with temporary seating, furniture, planter boxes, and barriers.
- Community event and pop-up activities
The Railway Street Project trial will commence in March 2023 for an initial period of six months with a possibility of further extension. Three parklets will be installed on the street to create additional space for pedestrians with ample dining and seating options for the community.
Join us at the Railway Street Liverpool - Open Day to celebrate the Shared Spaces Demonstration Project launch on Saturday 1 April 2023 from 10am-2pm. Enjoy the new space with local performers, roving entertainment, garden games - for kids and adults, free face painting, balloon art, giveaways, and food trucks.
The award-winning Streets as Shared Spaces program was launched in May 2020, as a pilot to enable improvements across NSW during COVID-19 and into the future.
The second round of Streets and Shared Spaces program is providing funding for councils to undertake temporary projects that improve local streets and pavements as shared spaces.
Liverpool City Council’s Railway Street Shared Spaces Demonstration Project received $500,000 and is proudly funded by the NSW Government through the Streets as Shared Spaces (Round 2) Program.
What does the project aim to achieve?
The Streets as Shared Spaces program aims to:
- provide more and better public space that improves walkability and connection, enables day and night activity, and increases footfall
- drive collaboration and partnerships between local government and another sector, whether public, private, civic or community, taking a place-based approach
- enable long-term changes through trialling innovative and creative approaches, partnerships and engagement.
The program supports the Premier's Priority to increase walkable access to quality open, green, and public space in urban areas.
Why was Railway Street picked for the project location?
Council’s Liverpool City Centre Public Domain Master Plan and City Activation Strategy identifies improvements to strengthen Railway Street as a key pedestrian link between Liverpool Railway Station and city’s core areas.
The Railway Street Liverpool Traffic Calming and Urban Design Study (Study) was subsequently commissioned to investigate options to deliver these improvements. The study identified options for the reconfiguration of the street, and a staged approach which includes short and long-term improvements on Railway Street.
This project will deliver on Stage 1 (identified in the Study) which comprises the installation of temporary interventions to test ideas, which can inform potential permanent upgrades to the street, in the future.
What are temporary interventions?
Temporary interventions are an approach to neighbourhood building, engagement and activation. It is about using quick and flexible methods to test projects quickly through techniques such as pilots, pop-ups or interim treatments. These temporary projects can create an evidence-base to support the planning and development of public spaces and help build the case for longer-term improvements and changes.
Was the community consulted on the project?
Railway Street Business Owners and Liverpool Public School was consulted during the project concept stage. The wider community was consulted through Liverpool Listens.
Can you smoke in the parklets?
No smoking is allowed in the parklets on Railway Street. The parklets are designed for use for the community and a safe place will be encouraged.
Can children be kept unsupervised in the parklet?
Children must be always supervised. Please take care with your children when playing in the parklets.
Where can I find more information about the project?
For any enquiries related to the Railway Street Shared Spaces Demonstration Project, please contact the City Design & Public Domain team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the NSW Government's Streets as Shared Spaces Program, click here.