Sydney PT hub redesign

Inner Sydney transport interchange upgrade gets the go ahead to start work next year

An upgrade the transport interchange at Balmain East, building on the new wharf that opened this year will start in 2016, the New South Wales (NSW) Government announced this week.

Bus and ferry users provided feedback on the plans for the project when they were placed on public display last month, which has helped to inform the design.

Residents using the public transport hub will benefit from a new accessible ramp and stairs to the newly upgraded ferry wharf, a widened turning circle for better bus access, an improved bus shelter and upgrades to lighting and CCTV.

"Feedback was considered and as a result, some design changes have been made to improve the visual appearance of key features," a Transport for NSW (TfNSW) spokesperson says.

"Planning approval is now complete and we are excited that we can now move on to the next phase of the project."

Bus services will be affected, but a shuttle will take passengers to the main bus interchange in Balmain during construction.

"We recognise that there will be a short-term impact to bus services, so a shuttle bus service will be provided to maintain a connection and ferry services will operate as normal during the construction period.

"These improvements will make a real difference for Balmain East customers, particularly people with limited mobility, families with prams and travellers with luggage."

Major construction is planned to start in early 2016 to minimise impact to public space during the New Year celebrations.

The Balmain East wharf interchange upgrade is being delivered as part of the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program, providing modern, safe and accessible transport infrastructure.

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