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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.

    CPB Contractors will be completing construction on the Wynyard Walk project throughout December.

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

    More information on upcoming construction work can be found in the:

    Western Portal Precinct

    Western portal precinct includes Sussex Street, Napoleon Street and Kent Street work sites.

    Work hours at Western Portal Precinct:

    • 7am to 6pm Monday to Saturday
    • Night works as required: 6pm to 7am Monday to Sunday 
    • Sunday works as required: 7am to 6pm. 

    Clarence Street Precinct

    The Clarence Street Precinct includes Clarence Street, York Lane and below ground in Railway House.

    Work hours at the Clarence Street site are:

    • 6am to 7pm on Monday to Friday (no high noise generating activity will start before 7am)
    • 8am to 6pm on Saturday
    • Night works 7pm to 6am Monday to Friday, 6pm-8pm Saturday and Sunday when required.

    Traffic changes

    At times during December, road and lane closures will be in place on Clarence Street between Erskine Street and Margaret Street to enable delivery of materials to the Clarence Street worksite. Three lanes (including the bus lane) will remain open to through traffic during peak travel times.

    Temporary closures will be required at times on Kent and Napoleon Streets. Signage and traffic management personnel will be in place to safely direct vehicles and pedestrians around the worksite.

    For the latest information on traffic changes, construction dates and locations please visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App.

Environment

FAQs

  • 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.

     

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Last updated: 8 December 2016