Wynyard Walk

Project profile

Wynyard Walk will provide a world class, fully accessible pedestrian link between Wynyard Station and the developing CBD western corridor and Barangaroo.

The walkway will allow pedestrians to get from Wynyard transport hub to the Barangaroo waterfront in approximately six minutes, avoiding steep inclines and road crossings.

The project will increase the entry and exit capacity of Wynyard Station to meet current and future demands for the CBD’s western corridor and waterfront. This includes catering for the Barangaroo development, which is expected to accommodate up to 23,000 office workers and attract up to 33,000 visitors per day, when complete.

Key features

Key features of the project include:

  • A new 3.5 metre high by 9 metre wide underground pedestrian link from Wynyard Station to the intersection of Kent and Napoleon Streets (approximately 180 metres long).
  • A new paved pedestrian plaza at the intersection of Kent and Napoleon Streets that will include landscaping, street furniture and lighting.
  • A pedestrian bridge over Sussex Street, with lifts and escalators connecting to the Barangaroo development.
  • A new western entrance to Wynyard Station (Clarence Street portal) to provide direct access to Wynyard Walk, the Kent Street tunnel and the station concourse.

Benefits

The project will:

  • Accommodate the increase in demand for pedestrians travelling from Wynyard Station to the Barangaroo development
  • Provide a safe and quick route for pedestrians to get from Wynyard Station to the city’s western waterfront
  • Provide relief to the congested western corridor by separating pedestrian movements from bus, road and cycle routes
  • Provide improved access for people with a disability, those who are older and people with strollers and luggage.

Project status

The main construction contract for Wynyard Walk was awarded to CPB Contractors External website​ (formerly Thiess pty Ltd) in September 2012, and major work on the project started in late 2012.

In early 2014, construction at the Western Portal was put on hold to allow archaeologists to work on the site to preserve significant European and indigenous artefacts unearthed during excavation.

Construction of a new pedestrian route between the corner of Kent Street and Margaret Streets and Sussex Street Bridge has been completed. The additional route includes stairs. 

Construction is progressing well on Wynyard Walk with the internal fit out now underway, escalators installed, Sussex Street Bridge complete and the steel frame of the canopy now in place above the new plaza.

Wynyard Walk Tunnel Opening

The Wynyard Walk tunnel will be open to the public in mid-September 2016 to coincide with the opening of the third commercial tower at Barangaroo South.

The Clarence Street Portal entrance is due to be complete late 2016.

For more information please see First look inside Sydney’s newest pedestrian tunnel.

Detailed information on construction activities, including project notifications can be found on the current works page.

Slideshow Images (Links below display larger version of images:)
Pedestrian congestion at Kent Street Tunnel during peak hours
Busy road crossing at the Kent Street crossing
Steep incline at Margaret Street
Cross section view of Clarence Street portal
Thiess artist impression of Wynyard Walk tunnel
Thiess artists impression of inside Clarence Street portal
Thiess artists impression of inside Clarence Street portal
Thiess artists impression of outside Clarence Street Portal
Wynyard Walk weekend works 16 March 2013
Artists impression of Napolean Plaza looking north
Artists impression of Napolean Plaza over head looking south
Artists impression of Napolean Plaza looking south
Sussex Street bridge artist's impression
Sussex Street bridge artist's impression
Sussex Street bridge artist's impression
Sussex Street bridge artist's impression
Wynyard Walk precinct map