Yep – it’s coming back! Five years on from being discretely removed in the middle of the night, Sydney’s Oxford Street precinct is set to get it’s iconic rainbow crossing back!
The famous rainbow crossing was first painted in the lead up to the 2013 Mardi Gras Parade, originally painted where Oxford Street meets Taylor Street. The almost instantly famous crossing was a huge hit with locals and visitors alike, until it was suddenly, and without warning, removed in the middle of the night. This was following Roads Minister, Duncan Gay, marking the crossing as ‘dangerous’ (due to the number of people who stopped in the middle of the road).
The new and improved rainbow crossing will be painted between Campbell and Bourke Streets, adjacent to Taylor Square in the heart of Surry Hills, and will feature new sensors that’ll give pedestrians a little more time to cross – giving just enough time to score that #Yass pic for the ol’ ‘gram!
At this stage the crossing will be trialled for six months before it will become a permanent feature of Taylor Square.
“I would rather it just went in and was permanent, but we’ll do that trial and I’m very confident it will pass with flying rainbow colours,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
Construction of the fabulous new Surry Hills crossing is expected to begin in October, and is set to be completed around January 2019.