Central Station redevelopment: Rail and station infrastructure

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Connection between urban and intercity rail, buses, light rail and metro
Priority Initiative
Location
Central Station, Sydney, NSW
Geography
Fast-growing cities
Category
Urban Congestion
Problem/Opportunity timeframe
Medium term (5-10 years)
Proposed By
NSW Government
Date added to the IPL
27 February 2017

Problem

Central Station is Sydney’s busiest transport interchange. It serves as a critical multimodal transport interchange for suburban and intercity rail services, country and interstate coaches, suburban buses and light rail services. In 2019, Central became an interchange point for the CBD and South East light rail line, and from 2024 Central will also be an interchange station for the Sydney Metro (rapid transit) service.

Day-to-day customer experience of the station is poor in terms of circulation, navigation, legibility, access, capacity and crowding. These problems are expected to get worse as total passenger movements are projected to increase by 67% between 2014 and 2036, and passenger interchanges between rail services in the morning peak are projected to increase by 106% in the same period.

Proposed initiative

The initiative comprises upgrades to rail and station infrastructure to support passenger movement and interchange. This includes access improvements to connect the new Metro station with the rest of Central Station, and other enhancements to the station’s functionality. The NSW Government has commenced construction of Central Walk, a new underground pedestrian concourse at Central Station that will better connect passengers to trains, light rail and the new Sydney Metro underground platforms.

A proposed second stage of the initiative deals with the renewal of the broader station precinct. This second stage has not been assessed for inclusion on the Infrastructure Priority List at this time.

Next steps

Proponent to identify initiatives and develop options (Stage 2 of Infrastructure Australia’s Assessment Framework).