Life at the end of the tunnel: St James Station to become Sydney's next attraction


The NSW Government is opening up the disused tunnels and train platforms of St James Station to create Sydney’s next attraction underground.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the Government is seeking Expressions of Interest from Australia and around the world to activate the hidden space at St James Station.

“This is an exciting opportunity for interested parties to stamp their mark on a location that is part of Sydney’s heritage and the heritage of our transport system,” Mr Constance said.

“We want the best proposal. We want ideas that could transform the platform and tunnels into a world-renowned attraction – which could include entertainment, retail or dining options.”

“Spaces like the St James tunnel are rare. Around the world, hidden spaces are being converted into unique experiences and we want St James Station to be part of that. That’s why we’re casting the net right across the world. We want the world’s best to come up with the best ideas.”

The Expressions of Interest is being managed by Sydney Trains with the assistance of CBRE, an international real estate agent which will oversee the EOI and manage proposals.

The St James tunnels were built in the 1920s as part of John Bradfield’s transport vision for Sydney. They were used as air raid shelters in World War Two.

The platforms and tunnels were intended to link the Eastern Suburbs with the Northern Beaches but the plans were never completed.

“John Bradfield was a visionary. While his plans to connect Sydney may not have worked in this case, we now have a chance to take what he started and turn it into something that future generations can enjoy,” Mr Constance said.

Expressions of Interest will commence on 27 September and close 6 November 2018.

Images and video of the tunnel including an infrared fly-through can be accessed by clicking here