Sydney’s Barangaroo to have a new train station
There’s exciting news for Sydney’s Barangaroo development as it is set to get its own train station, part of the planned “metro” line which will run through central Sydney costing approximately half a billion dollars.
This will be announced in today’s budget by Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian.
Barangaroo station has been previously listed as a possibility under early plans for the line and this Sydney Metro line will connect the north-west rail link from Chatswood to the existing Bankstown line at Sydenham. Its full route will run from Rouse Hill to Chatswood and then travel to two new stations in the St Leonards/Crows Nest area and then continue to Barangaroo followed by Martin Place and a brand new station on Pitt Street and Central before joining the Bankstown line.
In order to fund the development, the NSW government says that it will use the money raised from the privatisation of electricity assets to build the new Sydney Metro line, whilst construction is expected to start from 2017 and continue until 2024.
There are plans for Barangaroo station to be built at the northern end of the development, providing a convenient walk for office workers from the commercial office towers at the southern end, whilst allowing the route to connect to Martin Place, which is an important interchange for commuters.
It is estimated that this new station will take 5,000 people away from the busy Martin Place and Wynyard stations during peak rush hours, alleviating the already busy train network.
According to Transport Minister Andrew Constance, “Sydney Metro will take Barangaroo to the next level as Australia’s new commercial centre”.
As well as the new station serving the new Barangaroo development and financial hub, it will also service King Street Wharf, Barangaroo headland park as well as Walsh Bay arts precinct and is thought to attract 10,000 visitors every day.
Mr Constance also states, “This is a commonsense decision to combine our new world-class metro rail system with our new world class business hub. The new Barangaroo railway station will support an $8 billion economic catchment within a 10 minute walk of the station.”
As well as a new train station, there is also a proposed ferry wharf at Barangaroo which will provide ferry commuters with more options and help to alleviate Circular Quay.
Published on 23rd of June 2015 by Marty Stanowich