Work on building the new Sydney Metro underground platforms at Central Station and the landmark Central Walk will begin immediately, after Laing O’Rourke was awarded a $955M contract to transform the city’s busiest station.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the massive upgrade to Central Station represents the biggest improvement to the station in decades – making it easier for customers to connect between light rail, suburban and inter-city trains, the new Sydney Metro and buses.
The Central contract includes:
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- The excavation and construction of the new underground Sydney Metro platforms at Central beneath platforms 13 and 14
- Central Walk – a new 19m wide underground concourse from Chalmers Street, connecting customers to suburban rail platforms, Sydney Metro platforms, the new light rail and buses
- For the first time, customers will be able to use escalators to get to platforms 12 to 23;
Completion of the Central Walk and Central Station metro upgrade contract is expected in 2022, with Central Walk open to customers.
Once the Central contract is complete, work will continue along the 30km length of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project to lay tracks and fit out stations before services start in 2024.
This is the first step in the renewal of Central Station, creating a new pedestrian gateway to the east and better linking the suburban rail network.
Work to build the Sydney Metro platforms at Central will happen underground and during Sydney Trains’ scheduled maintenance shutdowns.
The first of five TBMs will be in the ground before the end of this year to deliver the twin 15.5km metro rail tunnels between Chatswood and Sydenham.