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Full steam ahead at Martin Place precinct

Martin Place

Construction of the new Martin Place station precinct is nearing completion ahead of world-class metro services starting on the Sydney Metro City & Southwest line next year.

The metro platforms located 25 metres below ground level are almost complete. The tiles and wall panels are in place, with the finishing touches now being made, as workers install signage and seats on the 170 metre-long platforms.

The 25 escalators that will take commuters to their train are undergoing testing and commissioning, while the 14 lift shafts are ready to be fitted with elevators in October.

The new metro precinct has a footprint of more than an entire city block and will include 3000 square metres of retail, dining and beverage outlets over three floors. Station shopfronts have been installed and tenants will be handed the keys to start their fit-out in early 2024.

Changing trains at Martin Place will be seamless, with direct access from metro platforms to the T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line. A new all-weather pedestrian walkway will link Martin Place station with Hunter Street.

Above the station, the 39-storey building at the northern entrance topped out at the end of June 2023, and the highest feature of the 28-storey office building above the southern entrance is due for completion in September.

In the coming months, Metro’s construction partner Lendlease will focus on building the station entrances. Sections of Martin Place Plaza used during construction will start reopening to the public early next year.

When Sydney Metro services start running under the harbour and through the city, passengers will be able to travel from Martin Place to Central in four minutes, Victoria Cross in five minutes, or to Sydenham in just 11 minutes.

Transport minister Jo Haylen said it was full steam ahead to complete work at Martin Place as work continued towards the opening of the new line between Chatswood and Sydenham to passengers next year.

“50,000 people have worked on this project from start to finish, so the state-of-the-art station we’re take shape is a testament to their brilliant work,” she said.

“Metro will be a transformative project for Sydney, and this landmark station will offer passengers an incredible new transport hub, coupled with commercial, retail and dining options.”