Passenger Rail

Central Station to undergo revamp ahead of Metro, Light Rail expansions

Central railway station. Photo: Creative Commons / Hpeterswald

Sydney’s Central Station will be “rejuvenated” ahead of its near-doubling in daily capacity, thanks to the addition of a Sydney Metro station and additional light rail facilities, transport minister Andrew Constance says.

Constance on Thursday announced the state’s busiest commuter hub could soon be rejuvenated “putting it on par with some of the grand stations of the world”

“Central is the key gateway to Sydney and we want to unlock its potential,” the minister told the media.

“NSW deserves a premier station that everyone can be proud of, one that’s not just a place to pass through but a destination itself.”

Work will soon begin at Central on a new light rail stop, as part of the Sydney CBD and South East Light Rail project, as well as new Sydney Metro platforms.

These new developments will provide the catalyst to consider a wider rejuvenation of the precinct, the minister explained.

“Today we’re kicking off consultation to revitalise Central and we want the public to come forward with ideas, and to think big,” he said.

“It’s pretty clear when you compare it to the grand stations of the world, Central is falling short of what it could be offering customers and visitors to Sydney at the moment.

“Customers tell us they want more retail and to be able to move around the station more easily, which will become even more important as Central grows as an interchange point.

“I want the station’s revitalisation to be about innovation, to accommodate the changing face of transport and new technology in this city, but in a way that respects and preserves Central’s heritage.”

More than 270,000 people use the station daily. Constance says in the next two decades, that figure is expected to reach around 450,000.

The government is seeking public feedback through http://yoursay.transport.nsw.gov.au/