St Peters and Erskineville Train Stations Are Set to Get Major Upgrades Over the Next Two Years
From 2024, the two stations will connect the inner west to the eastern suburbs.
Two inner west train stations are slated to receive $40-million makeovers as part of their integration into the Sydney Metro project. The upgrades at St Peters and Erskineville stations will help improve accessibility at both sites, and will see them become part of the T4 Illawarra train lines from 2024. This change will provide direct access for inner west residents to Martin Place Station and Sydney's eastern suburbs.
The planned upgrades follow an announcement in February that Transport for NSW would be introducing hundreds of extra weekly services to the city's train network. The $1 billion plan to increase the capacity of the rail network is set to include a significant increase in services running through the T2 and T8 lines, both of which run through the inner west, as well as a 6000-passenger capacity increase to the T4 line.
When they join the T4 line, trains running through St Peters and Erskineville will no longer continue past Central and Town Hall on to the City Circle (Wynyard, Circular Quay, St James and Museum), but will instead connect from Central to Martin Place, Kings Cross, Edgecliff and Bondi Junction.
Both St Peters and Erskineville stations will be fitted with new lifts and canopies in anticipation of increased train services when the Metro opens. Erskineville Station will receive four lifts, a new pedestrian footbridge, new amenities and toilets, a new entrance at the southern end of the station and platform tactiles to help customers with vision impairment. Similarly, St Peters Station will be fitted out with two new lifts, as well as new amenities including a family accessible toilet, platform tactiles and upgrades to the pedestrian pathways.
Planning approval is still required, but construction is slated to start later in 2021. Some early work at St Peters Station will take place on Saturday, April 17 during a scheduled train shutdown. You can find out more info on the train shutdown on the Transport for NSW websit.
The St Peters and Erskineville Station upgrades are expected to be complete in 2023, in time for the opening of the Metro in the area the following year.
For more information about the Sydney Metro City and Southwest project, head to the Sydney Metro website.
Images: artist interpretations of the St Peters and Erskineville station upgrades.
Published on April 16, 2021 by Ben Hansen