By DAMIEN NOVAK
The locations of two new metro stations – one in the CBD, the other in Pyrmont – have been announced.
The stations will serve the Sydney Metro West line, which is currently under construction and will cut transport time between the CBD and Parramatta to just 20 minutes.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian revealed this morning that the CBD station, known as Hunter Street Station, would have one entrance on the corner of Hunter and George Streets, and another at the corner of Bligh and O’Connell Streets, with connections to suburban rail lines and light rail.
“The new Hunter Street Station is strategically located in the heart of Sydney, allowing commuters to easily connect to Sydney Trains at Wynyard and Martin Place, and Sydney Metro at Martin Place,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Commuters at Martin Place will be able to connect to the new Hunter Street station via proposed underground walkways, making it easier and quicker for people to change lines and travel right across our city.”
The future Pyrmont Station, meanwhile, will be located between Pyrmont Bridge Road and Union Street, providing easy access to Pyrmont Bridge.
NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance said the project would provide a significant boost to Pyrmont, which is one of the most densely populated neighbourhoods in Australia.
“From Pyrmont, commuters will be able to travel to Hunter Street in just two minutes – giving them back valuable time with their families and doing things they enjoy, while also encouraging investment in the Pyrmont area,” Mr Constance said.
Both stations will be part of the new Sydney Metro West line, linking Sydney and Westmead.
The project will double rail capacity between the centres and significantly slash travel times for Sydneysiders, according to Sydney Metro CEO Peter Regan.
“There will be massive and game-changing travel time savings across Sydney,” said Mr Regan.
“For example, sports fans will be able to get from Bondi Junction to the new metro station at Sydney Olympic Park in just 27 minutes (interchanging at Martin Place) compared to 56 minutes now,” Mr Regan said.
The metro stations announced today will join seven previously announced stations on the Sydney Metro West line; the other stations being (west to east) Westmead, Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, North Strathfield, Burwood North, Five Dock and The Bays.
The Sydney Metro West Line is one of two lines currently under construction for the massive new Sydney Metro – Australia’s largest public transport project.
One line of the new metro system – the first in Australia – has already opened, two lines are under construction, and a fourth line is in the planning stages.
When complete, the fully automated rapid transit system will have 46 stations. Of these, 13 have already opened, 27 are under construction and a further six are planned.
In a first for Australia, the metro operates on a ‘turn up and go’ basis, with frequent trains doing away with the need for timetables.
Trains arrive at metro stations every four minutes during peak hours and every 10 minutes off-peak.
While the ambitious project has generally been hailed by city planners and public transport advocates, it has not been without controversy.
The first – and currently only – line, the Sydney Metro Northwest Line, experienced numerous mechanical failures in the months following its May 2019 opening.
There have also been complaints about inadequate car parking at stations on the line, which connects Chatswood with the Sydney’s north-western suburbs and is currently being extended to the Sydney CBD.
Safety concerns have been raised about the driverless, automated nature of the trains, while NSW Greens senator and spokesperson for transport Dr Mehreen Faruqi has criticised the future passenger-carrying capacity of the project.
Despite the criticisms, it remains the case that the Berejiklian Government is the first government in Australia to deliver a rapid mass transit system – which government mandarins believe will go down as Ms Berejiklian’s legacy project.
The underground Sydney Metro West Line, construction on which commenced last November, is expected to open in the year 2030.
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