Why is the project needed?
Pedestrian connectivity within the CBD is generally aligned with the road network, which is predominantly north-south. As a consequence, there is substantially less connectivity in the east-west direction. The steep sloping terrain from the CBD central spine makes walking to and from the King Street Wharf and Barangaroo areas difficult.
The current congested bus and road network together with anticipated CBD growth will further exacerbate the problem, and increase the risk of pedestrian/vehicle incidents.
Ensuring a safe, direct and fully accessible pedestrian link between the King Street Wharf harbourfront, Barangaroo and the Wynyard transport precinct is critical to the successful growth of Sydney’s CBD.
The Barangaroo development alone is expected to accommodate up to 23,000 office workers, and attract up to 33,000 people per day. This development more than triples the demand on existing pedestrian routes that are already at, and in some cases, over capacity during peak periods.
What are Wynyard Walk’s opening hours?
Wynyard Walk is managed by Sydney Trains and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
How long is the Wynyard Walk tunnel?
Wynyard Walk tunnel is approximately 180 metres long and from Wynyard Station to Barangaroo South is approximately 300 metres. Wynyard Walk will allow pedestrians to travel between Wynyard Station and the Barangaroo waterfront in approximately six minutes, avoiding steep inclines and road crossings.
Will there be lifts and escalators?
Wynyard Walk is a fully accessible pedestrian link between Wynyard Station and the developing CBD western corridor including Barangaroo. There are also lifts and escalators installed at the new Wynyard Station entrance on Clarence Street, connection between the tunnel and the surface at Napoleon Street (north of Westpac Plaza) and at the end of the new bridge on Margaret Street West.
Where else can I access Wynyard Walk other than Wynyard Station?
Entry and exit points to Wynyard Walk will be via the Sussex Street bridge, at the corner of Napoleon and Kent Street (adjacent to Westpac Plaza) and via the new Wynyard Station entrance at Clarence Street, and the existing entrance at the west side of Clarence Street.
Has the project been approved?
Yes. Planning approval for the project was granted by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure (now Department of Planning and Environment) in early 2010 under Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 as part of the CBD Metro Approval. A modification to the approval was provided in August 2010 to allow Wynyard Walk to be delivered as a stand-alone project.
How does the project interface with Barangaroo and other CBD planned developments?
Transport for NSW is working collaboratively with agencies to ensure Wynyard Walk is delivered in context with other neighbouring developments in the western CBD area.
A number of working groups have been established to facilitate this process. Members of these groups include representatives from the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Sydney Trains, City of Sydney, and other transport agencies.
What environmental sustainability outcomes will the project have?
Wynyard Walk will be designed, constructed and operated in accordance with Transport for NSW’s Sustainability Targets and Sustainability Design Guidelines.. A Sustainability Report will be prepared, to identify appropriate sustainability goals and objectives. The report will review the applicability of Transport for NSW’s Sustainable Design Guidelines, the Green Building Council of Australia’s and NABERS rating schemes.
Further information on Transport for NSW’s approach to sustainability
What is the project cost?
The NSW Government has committed $ 306 million to the delivery of Wynyard Walk
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. Up to date information on current works can be found on the project current works webpage.
How can I provide feedback?
We welcome your feedback. Please contact the Project Infoline on 1800 684 490, email Projects@transport.nsw.gov.au to share your views.
What is happening with the Kent Street tunnel?
The Kent Street tunnel has been re-opened and links in to the Clarence Street entrance of Wynyard Station. The Kent Street tunnel is open from 7am to 7pm on Mondays to Fridays.