Progress to construct Victoria Cross Station in Sydney is powering ahead, with the station more than 85 per cent complete.
Victoria Cross Station is one of six new city sites that will open in 2024 and will create faster public transport connections between the North Sydney business district and the Sydney CBD.
All 14 new lifts and 19 new escalators to take passengers down to the platform are now installed, with final commissioning being progressively completed. All 22 of the Opal gates across the two entrances are installed, ready for passengers.
The station platforms — built inside Australia’s largest railway cavern, 31 metres below ground — are also finished.
Final finishing touches to North Sydney’s newest transport hub will be made in coming months, including to station entrances and adjoining retail and public domain areas.
More than 5000 people have worked on the delivery, design, and construction of the station, with more than 50,000 employment opportunities created throughout the life of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project.
Over 15,000 passengers are expected to pass through Victoria Cross Station during the morning peak when it opens to the public.
The station will take pressure off the existing North Sydney Station and provide fast and reliable transport service for passengers in the North Sydney business, education and residential areas.
Once open, passengers will have fast metro travel times into the city from Victoria Cross, including to Barangaroo in three minutes, Martin Place in five minutes and Gadigal in seven minutes.
Meanwhile, travelling to Sydney’s idyllic Barangaroo precinct will soon become much easier, with the new metro station making strides ahead of opening next year.
Construction of the station platforms and concourse area is complete, with the platform screen doors and terrazzo flooring on both levels now installed. Station signage is fitted on both levels and Opal gates are in place and being commissioned.
In this fully accessible station, all 10 escalators are currently undergoing testing and commissioning. Two of the five lifts are working and ready to go, while the remaining three are finishing off testing, ready to take customers 25 metres underground to the platform levels.
More than 7700 Sydney sandstone panels have been installed throughout the station, along with the artwork on the cladding by artist Khaled Sabsabi called ‘In time we shall’. The artwork relates to the native tree species on the Barangaroo headland.
Above ground, upgrades are progressing on nearby Hickson Road and the public areas surrounding the station with new footpaths, landscaping, lighting, and bike facilities.