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23 Jan 2018
Central walk gets the go-ahead

Work starts this year on the landmark Central Walk underground pedestrian link at Central Station following planning approval for the new customer concourse.

“Central is the backbone of our public transport system – more than 270,000 people pass through the station every day, and that number’s expected to rise to 450,000 in the next two decades,” Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said.

“Central Walk will cater for that growth, providing new entrances and easier interchanges for everyone. It will help make Central a place to travel to, not just travel through.

“This is the first step in the renewal of the 110 year old heritage icon and will make getting around Central Station easier for thousands of customers every day.”

Central Walk will better connect customers to trains, buses, light rail and the new Sydney Metro.

The main features of Central Walk include:

  •  A 19-metre wide tunnel from Chalmers Street, linking to new metro platforms under Central;
  •  New, easy access points to Sydney Trains platforms 16 to 23;
  • Escalators directly to suburban platforms for the first time.

A planning modification was lodged in June 2017 with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment to include Central Walk in the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project. Central Walk will be delivered at the same time as the new Sydney Metro platforms and under the same contract package, minimising disruption to customers.

Tenders have been received from three parties – Laing O’Rourke, Lendlease and a CPB Contractors/John Holland joint venture. The contract is expected to be awarded in the first quarter of next year.

“We want to unleash the potential of Central as a world class gateway, on par with some of the grand stations of the world, and Sydney Metro is the key enabler in making that happen,” Mr Constance said.

Sydney Metro services start in the first half of 2019 on the Sydney Metro Northwest project, with metro rail to be extended in 2024 under Sydney Harbour, through the CBD and beyond to Bankstown.