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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.