It's the metro dubbed 'Australia's biggest public transport project'. And it's on the move.
As the metro tunnel project reaches its next stages, a seven-team consortium was named to design six of seven new train stations that will become part of the greater metro line.
Stage one, covering the north-west section from Rouse Hill to Chatswood, is due to be operational in 2019. Stage two will extend underneath Sydney Harbour, through the CBD to Sydenham, where it will be connected with the existing Bankstown line between Sydenham and Bankstown.
The consortium consists of Foster + Partners, Architectus, Arcadis, Mott McDonald, Robert Bird Group, WT Partnership and McKenzie Group Consulting. As a group, they will design Crows Nest station, Victoria Cross station, Barangaroo station, Martin Place station, Pitt Street station and Waterloo station.
The metro will be new 21st century standalone railway that will comprise of 31 metro stations and more than 65 kilometres of new metro rail, revolutionising the way Sydney travels. The services that are expected to start in the first half of 2019 will use Sydney’s new generation of fully–automated metro trains. The metro rail will run under Sydney Harbour, through new underground stations in the CBD and beyond to the south west.
According to Transport for Sydney, customers won’t need a timetable when Sydney Metro opens – "they’ll just turn up and go". When Sydney Metro is extended into the CBD and beyond in 2024, there will be ultimate capacity for a metro train every two minutes in each direction under the city, servicing around 40,000 customers per hour.
The $12.5 billion project's 15.5-kilometre Sydney Metro City section reportedly received planning approval earlier this year and is expected to begin services in 2024.
Transport for Sydney's information revealed that the consortium will focus many of their station designs on an 'over station development' model, which will be handy for allowing possible future over station development. This may include steel and concrete structural elements, space for lift wells, access, parking and building services.
More on the consortium's stations
The Crows Nest construction site will function as two separate construction zones split by Hume Street. The station excavation will cover the majority of the site, with a temporary street–level working platform.
Main features and traffic arrangements include new bike parking near the corner of Miller and Berry streets, new kiss–and–ride bays on Berry Street and wayfinding signage and Sydney Metro information within the North Sydney CBD. Enhancement of pedestrian infrastructure around the station will be investigated further in consultation with Roads and Maritime Services and North Sydney Council.
Transport for NSW is working in consultation with Barangaroo Delivery Authority to deliver Barangaroo Station.