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 western entrance to Wynyard Station (Clarence Street portal) to provide direct access to Wynyard Walk, the Kent Street tunnel and the station concourse
  • 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.

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 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.

Wynyard Walk is now expected to be completed and opened in 2016.

Sussex Street Bridge opening

On 19 October 2015, a new pedestrian bridge over Sussex Street was opened. It provides a route via a lift, escalators or stairs directly into Barangaroo from the Westpac Food Court behind the Sussex Hotel.

The new bridge will connect to the Wynyard Walk tunnel and into Wynyard Station once completed later in 2016, and allow customers to walk from the station to Barangaroo waterfront in around six minutes, avoiding steep inclines and increasingly busy CBD road crossings.

Earlier this year three 42 tonne bridge beams were lifted into place over Sussex Street to build the bridge structure. Over 1000 cubic metres of concrete and 150 tonnes of steel have been used on the construction of the bridge.

Together with a new western entrance to Wynyard Station on Clarence Street, an underground walkway and a new public plaza at the corner of Kent and Napoleon Streets, the new bridge will make walking between the Wynyard transport hub and Barangaroo a quick, convenient, safe and accessible option.

More information about the Wynyard Walk project can be found in the latest project update.

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