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This Is What Sydney's Central Station Will Look Like in 2022

Sydney's busiest train station is set to get a new underpass, more escalators and a new look — for a cool $3 billion.
By Libby Curran
March 08, 2018
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This Is What Sydney's Central Station Will Look Like in 2022

Sydney's busiest train station is set to get a new underpass, more escalators and a new look — for a cool $3 billion.
By Libby Curran
March 08, 2018
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Work on Central Station's massive facelift is set to kick off immediately, with the NSW Government this week announcing Laing O'Rourke's been given the $955 million contract for the job.

And what a job it is. Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance says it's the biggest revamp Sydney's busiest train station has seen in decades, claiming that it will "transform the daily commute for Sydneysiders forever". While the station's currently used by around 270,000 commuters daily, that number's expected to hit 450,00 over the next 20 years.

The huge operation will see new Sydney Metro platforms constructed beneath the current platforms 13 and 14, as well as the installation of a new 19-metre underground thoroughfare they're calling Central Walk. This will run from Chalmers Street, but unlike the existing one, it will more efficiently connect existing rail platforms to light rail and bus services, and the new Metro platforms. For the first time, commuters will also be able to move between platforms 12 and 23 via escalators.

The Central Station construction is expected to wrap up by 2022, before more work continues on the Sydney Metro City and Southwest project. Last November, The Sydney Morning Herald leaked documents from Transport for NSW that estimated the project would cost a whopping $3 billion.

All up, the NSW Government plans to build new stations at Central, Victoria Cross, Waterloo, Martin Place, Crows Nest, Pitt Street and Barangaroo as part of the $20 billion project.

Published on March 08, 2018 by Libby Curran

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