Sydney’s new pedestrian tunnel has opened to the public, linking Wynyard station with the busy new Barangaroo development site.
Premier Mike Baird and state transport and infrastructure minister Andrew Constance on Tuesday said Wynyard Walk provided a six-minute link by foot between the station and “the emerging new jobs precinct at Barangaroo”.
“This will be a bustling thoroughfare for the tens of thousands of workers and visitors accessing Barangaroo every day,” Baird said.
“We’re building the connections to make getting around our city as easy as possible.”
Constance said with Barangaroo’s third commercial tower about to open, the new link would save time and make the trip safer.
“It’s now about six minutes from the station to Barangaroo, you don’t have to cross roads or navigate steep inclines,” he said.
“We’ve also just completed the first stage of the Wynyard Station renovation. New lifts, escalators and lobby are also on the way for Wynyard.
“With Barangaroo booming, the ferry hub now started and light rail under construction, we’re also making sure we have the pedestrian capacity to match these major new projects.”
The Wynyard Walk is a nine-metre wide tunnel approximately 180 metres long, with capacity for 20,000 people an hour. The project also included upgrading the pedestrian precinct Napoleon Plaza, and adding bridges and escalators around Sussex Street.
The tunnel will initially open from 5am to 9pm daily to allow construction to continue on the Clarence Street entrance as well as other minor finishes.