Flash station design for Sydney

A brand new underground concourse at Central Station will better connect passengers to trains, buses, light rail and the new Sydney Metro

Flash station design for Sydney
The re-design on Sydney's central station features multiple underground layers


New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance announced ‘Central Walk’ will be built as a wide, accessible and modern pedestrian link from the eastern side of Central Station.

It will link the new light rail stop to the new Sydney Metro platforms with direct access to existing suburban platforms.

"We are going to revitalise Central Station to make it an international showpiece of Sydney’s transport network," she says.

"It’s often the first stop for visitors from overseas, interstate and from regional areas and we want to ensure the Central Station experience is world class and convenient for the quarter of a million people who pass through every day."

The tender process to deliver the new Sydney Metro at Central Station, as well as central walk, started today with expressions of interest called for the Central Station Main Works contract as part of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project.

"Sydney Metro has provided us with a unique opportunity to deliver further improvements to Central, and Central Walk is just the beginning," Berejiklian says.

More than 250,000 people use Central every day with that number expected to rise to 450,000 in the next two decades.

Constance says Central Walk will cater for that growth.

"Central is the backbone of public transport and customers tell us they want better and more convenient links," he says.

"This project will create new entrances and easier interchanges for everyone. "We began consultation on revitalising Central last year and this is the first step in its grand redesign."

Central Walk will be delivered at the same time as the new Sydney Metro platforms to reduce disruptions to customers and provide better value for money.

"This builds on the NSW Government’s record of delivering major transport infrastructure. Since the last election train services have started operating on the South West Rail line, we opened Wynyard Walk and completed the Opal Card rollout," Berejiklian says.

Public feedback also showed customers wanted more cafes, restaurants, retail options and bigger and brighter spaces which could be considered in future steps to upgrade the station.

Heritage will remain paramount with a dedicated team now established to conduct technical and heritage studies, with further community consultation to be completed throughout the year.

A dedicated construction contract will be awarded for the Sydney Metro Central works – separate to the rest of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest Project to ensure a strong focus on the complex work required at Sydney’s busiest railway station.

Due to the scale of central walk, Transport for NSW has begun contacting affected property and lease owners, including one commercial property that will be acquired.

Community and industry feedback will be invited on Central Walk later this year and construction on Central Walk is expected to start next year.

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