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Wynyard Station Upgrade

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Transport for NSW is upgrading Wynyard Station to create a new gateway to Barangaroo  and Sydney’s financial district.

New fixtures and finishes, a wider concourse and additional ticket gates, and less clutter on the concourse and platforms will improve customer experience and make it easier for customers to move in and around the station. Passenger services will be maintained throughout construction and Wynyard Station will remain open for business during the upgrade.

The station upgrade is one of three key infrastructure projects being delivered by the NSW Government in the Wynyard Precinct, including Wynyard Walk and the Barangaroo Ferry Hub.

The new Wynyard Walk pedestrian link being constructed between Wynyard and Barangaroo South will increase the entry and exit capacity of the station to meet current and future demand.

The NSW Government is delivering major projects to reduce traffic congestion and improve public transport to, from and within the CBD. Visit the Tomorrow’s Sydney website​ for more information about other projects under construction in the CBD.

  • From January until late 2017, stage two of the Wynyard Station Upgrade will continue including work to improve customer amenity, a heat relief system trial and to prepare for the York Street escalator and lobby upgrade.

    For the latest project information see the Wynyard Station Upgrade Newsletter December 2016 (pdf 800KB).

    In September 2016, work to upgrade the concourse and platforms was completed including new fixtures and finishes, a wider concourse with additional ticket gates and less clutter on the concourse and platforms.

    The new northern unpaid concourse was also completed to coincide with the opening of the Wynyard Walk pedestrian tunnel. 

    In June 2016 Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance announced work will begin in the coming months on the $30 million next stage of the Wynyard Station upgrade once the current capacity improvement work is complete. More information about the announcement can be found in the media release.

  • See what Wynyard Station will look like once the upgrade is complete using NovoView, an interactive smartphone app that lets you see and experience the new station layout through augmented reality.

    The NovoView app shows 360 degree views of the station that can be viewed from anywhere using your phone. This also includes the latest project information and updates.

Features and benefits

    • New fixtures and finishes, such as lighting, tiling and painting
    • Widened paid concourse and additional ticket gates
    • Reduced clutter on the concourse and platforms
    • Upgraded existing and new platform stairs to improve pedestrian circulation and reduce queuing
    • New wayfinding and signage to make it easier for customers to move in and around the Station
    • Improving operational reliability through upgraded services and removal of redundant services
    • Renovated back of house areas, including new and relocated Station Manager’s office.
  • Wynyard Station Upgrade will enhance customer comfort and safety and improve service efficiency. The project will achieve this by:

    • Improving amenity to create a new gateway for Sydney’s financial district and western CBD
    • Increasing capacity for future passenger demand and network growth, including the Barangaroo development and the North West Rail Link
    • Improving pedestrian flow, making it easier for customers to move in and around the station
    • Reducing clutter on the platforms, making it easier and safer to board and alight from trains and improving punctuality of services
    • Improving connectivity between Pitt and George Streets through to the western CBD and waterfront.

Current works

  • During April work to refurbish the York Street lobby and upgrade the escalators will continue.

    Work taking place during this period includes:

    • Preparatory work for the installation of the new York Street escalators, including installing services, fixtures and fittings, such as steel work and acoustic panels, and painting work.
    • Installing fixtures and finishes on platforms including lighting.
    • Installing new underground power supply service in road on York Lane.
    • Building a new wall on the western unpaid concourse adjacent to the ticket gates barriers.

    For more information about construction activities see the Wynyard Station Upgrade Construction Notification April 2017 (pdf 380KB).


FAQs and media releases

  • Why is the station being upgraded?

    Transport for NSW is upgrading Wynyard Station to create a new gateway to Barangaroo and the financial district. The station upgrade is helping to transform the Sydney CBD. Sydney is a global city with outstanding attractions as well as a strong business and employment base. Its status as a liveable and vibrant hub depends on efficient transport to and within the CBD.

    Once complete, Wynyard will be a lighter, brighter, cleaner station with increased capacity for the future.

    What does the upgrade include?

    The first stage of the station upgrade included capacity improvement works to overhaul the concourse and ticketed area. This work included new fixtures and finishes, a wider concourse and additional ticket gates. Less clutter on the concourse and platforms makes it easier for customers to move in and around the station.

    A further $30 million is going towards upgrading Wynyard Station to provide the finishing touches for Sydney’s newest commercial district.

    The additional scope of work (stage two) includes improvements to customer amenity at the station, such as heat relief systems trial, and lighting upgrades. The York Street entrance will be refurbished, including replacing the wooden escalators to improve reliability and reduce ongoing maintenance costs. A new lift will be installed in the York Street lobby, improving access to the Station from York Street.

    How long will the upgrade take?

    The first stage of construction on the Wynyard Station Upgrade began in April 2015 and was completed in September 2016.

    The second stage of construction including amenity improvements and refurbishment of the York Street entrance (Exit 3) began in late 2016 and is expected to be complete by late 2017.

    Will the station remain open during construction?

    Wynyard Station will stay open during the second stage of works, but pedestrian access via the York Street entrance (Exit 3) will be closed temporarily from January until late 2017. Station access  will remain via Exit 1 (Wynyard Park and Carrington Street), Exit 4 (Clarence Street, Kent Street and Barangaroo), and Exit 2 (George Street). 

    There will be no impact to the train schedule. Trains will operate as usual and all platforms will remain accessible.

    What is the heat relief system trial? 

    In December 2016, Transport for NSW temporarily installed a heat relief system prototype on a small section of platforms 3 and 4. This trial will aim to test the prototype’s effectiveness in providing heat relief to customers. The trial will run until late January 2017.

    When was the York Street entrance work approved?

    In May 2016, Transport for NSW submitted a Section 60 application to the Heritage Council of NSW for improvements to York Street entry (to the property known as Transport House) and replacement of four wooden escalators. 

    The public display period for comment closed on 23 June 2016 and conditional Section 60 approval was issued by the Heritage Division (OEH) on 20 July 2016. The Submissions Report and Determination Report provide responses to issues raised in submissions made during the public display period and provides the project’s conditions of approval

    A Heritage Interpretation Strategy is a plan prepared by an independent heritage consultant as part of Section 60 conditions of approval. The purpose of the Heritage Interpretation Strategy is to document the heritage significance of the York Street lobby area and escalators. 

    On 21 December 2016, the Heritage Council of NSW approved the Heritage Interpretation Strategy. 

    When and why are the escalators being removed?

    From 2 January 2017 the York Street entrance will temporarily close to commence work on upgrading the escalators and lobby.

    The escalators are being replaced to ensure they are compliant with current Australian requirements and to improve customer safety and reduce maintenance costs.

    It is intended that certain heritage elements will be incorporated into the new design and finishes, where appropriate, such as the timber decking between the escalators.

    Some material from the existing escalators, including a number of wooden treads will be retained on site and adaptively re-used in accordance with the Heritage Interpretation Strategy.

    How can I receive regular construction updates? 

    Transport for NSW issues a monthly notification to stakeholders via email, and can provide a hardcopy notification upon request. Please contact or 1800 684 490 and request to be added to the distribution list. 

    Up to date information on construction activities can be found in the current works section of this page. 

Last updated: 29 March 2017