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Wynyard Walk

Project profile

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

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

The project increases 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.

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.

Features and benefits

  • 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 entrance) to provide direct access to Wynyard Walk, the Kent Street tunnel and the station concourse.
  • Wynyard Walk:

    • Accommodates the increase in demand for pedestrians travelling from Wynyard Station to the Barangaroo development
    • Provides a safe and quick route for up to 20,000 pedestrians per hour to walk from Wynyard Station to the city’s western waterfront
    • Provides relief to the congested western corridor by separating pedestrian movements from bus, road and cycle routes
    • Provides improved access for people with a disability, those who are older and people with strollers and luggage

Project status

In December 2016 the new Clarence Street entrance to Wynyard Station was opened providing direct access from the Wynyard Station concourse to Kent Street, Clarence Street and the Wynyard Walk tunnel.

Situated on the corner of Clarence Street and York Lane (near Margaret Street), this new entrance is fully accessible with escalators and lifts.

This entrance also links to the re-opened Kent Street tunnel providing easy access from the Station to 275 Kent Street. This tunnel is open from 7am to 7pm, Mondays to Fridays.

Come inside to see #Wynscreen – a new public art installation featuring digital art to view and enjoy. For more information on this visit www.wynscreen.com.au.

The Clarence Street entrance and Wynyard Walk are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In September 2016 the Wynyard Walk tunnel between Wynyard Station and Barangaroo was opened. This coincided with the opening of the third commercial tower at Barangaroo.

Construction of a new pedestrian route between the corner of Kent Street and Margaret Streets and Sussex Street Bridge was completed in June 2016. The additional route includes stairs.

In October 2015 the Sussex Street Bridge was opened, which connects the Wynyard Walk tunnel to Barangaroo South. 

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.

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

Wynyard Precinct map
Wynyard Precinct map

Current works

  • The new Clarence Street Entrance building opened to the public in December.

    For the latest project update see the Wynyard Walk and Wynyard Station Upgrade Flyer December 2016 (pdf 2.6MB)

    In March, construction activities continue on the finishing touches of Wynyard Walk tunnel, Clarence Street entry building, and ground floor Railway House.

    During March, construction work will take place during the day and some nights. There may be some noise during this work.

    Work hours at Clarence Street

    Clarence Street work site includes York Lane and the lower levels of Railway House.

    • 6am to 7pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm Saturday  and Sunday
    • Night work as required: 6pm to 7am Sunday to Friday

    Work hours at the corner of Kent/Napoleon Street

    • 7am to 6pm Mondays to Fridays
    • 8am to 6pm Saturdays
    • Night work as required: 6pm to 7am Sunday to Friday

    Traffic and pedestrian changes

    At times during February, partial lane and footpath closures will be in place on Clarence Street between Erskine and Margaret streets to enable work to the façade of the Clarence Street Entry building. 

    Three lanes (including the bus lane) will remain open to through traffic during peak travel times. Temporary closures will also be required at times on Kent and Napoleon streets, subject to approval. During lane closures, signage and traffic management personnel will be in place to help direct vehicles. 

    Access to buildings, driveways and pedestrian footpaths will be maintained at all times.

    During one weekend in March, the lift and stair access from Kent Street to the plaza level will be closed. Lift access between the Wynyard Walk tunnel and the plaza will remain open. For more information see the Kent Street Stormwater Works notification February 2017 (pdf 254KB)

    Emergency night work in York Lane March 2nd 2017

    Recent rain events in Sydney have caused a blockage in stormwater pipes along York Lane.

    CPB Contractors will be carrying out emergency works in York Lane to unblock stormwater pipes.

    For more information see the Wynyard Walk Emergency works in York Lane March 2017 construction notification (pdf 223KB).

Environment

FAQs

  • 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.

    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 (closed public holidays).

    Are there lifts and escalators?

    Wynyard Walk is a fully accessible pedestrian link between Wynyard Station and the developing CBD western corridor including Barangaroo. There are 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 over Sussex Street.

    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.

    How can I find out more about Wynscreen, the digital art screen on mezzanine level?

    Wynscreen is a 23 metre wide, nearly 3 metre high LED screen dedicated to high quality, curated digital artwork. More information about Wynscreen and the artists.

    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 in the corrent works section of this page.

    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. 

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Last updated: 2 March 2017