ADELAIDE'S rejuvenated Bank Street, which connects North Terrace and Hindley Street, was this week unveiled by the South Australian Government, who held a launch party to celebrate the completion of works to transform the laneway.
Planning Minister John Rau said the treatment of Bank Street and its partial closure to traffic is the next stage of connecting laneways between the Riverbank Precinct and the Central Market, which began with an upgrade to Leigh Street.
The Minister said the laneway improvement projects are part of a strategy to create a more vibrant city of Adelaide for everyone to enjoy, with each laneway different and providing the opportunity to get the best out of the existing built form and streetscape.
"Being close to the Adelaide Railway Station, thousands of commuters make their way down Bank Street every day. It is important then that Bank Street is safe, attractive, and has an atmosphere that encourages people to support local businesses," Mr Rau said.
The changes to Bank Street include new "parklets" to create outdoor dining areas, the closure of one lane of the street to traffic, wider pedestrian areas and the installation of new seating.
Additional lighting and landscaping, increased CCTV usage and improvements to make the street more bicycle-friendly were also part of the upgrade.
City of Adelaide Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood said the city is undergoing a major transformation, adding that great streets make great cities.
"The Bank Street demonstration project is part of a wider strategy to revitalise the CBD - it's about turning it into a pleasant and lively place for eating and relaxing," Cr Yarwood said.
More information is available from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure's 'Vibrant' website at <http://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/vibrant>.