Major construction work is now underway at Central Station for the Sydney Metro project.
Construction will also include the new Central Walk, an underground concourse to make it easier for passengers to connect between light rail, suburban and intercity trains and the new Sydney Metro.
This project is part of the biggest upgrade to Sydney’s busiest railway station in decades, with two underground metro platforms being built.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance said it’s a great example of the construction industry keeping moving and keeping people in work despite difficult times.
“We are very fortunate that major transport infrastructure projects like this continue to be delivered,” Mr. Constance said.
“The health and safety of all workers and the community are our key priorities as we continue to deliver major projects, and we have put in place strict protocols to protect the safety of our construction workforce.”
Over 5000 people are now working across the Sydney Metro City and South West project.
“The upcoming Sydney Metro West project will support 10,000 direct and 70,000 indirect jobs while construction of the Metro North West Line created more than 20,000 jobs.”
Work to build the 27-metre deep metro station box is now 10 metres beneath the surface. On average around 6000 tonnes of crushed rock is being excavated from the box weekly.
“In an impressive feat of engineering, an 80 metre tunnel has also been built under Central Station to deliver Central Walk,” Mr. Constance said.
“This six metre wide construction tunnel runs parallel to Central Walk and allows excavated crushed rock to be removed without impacting trains and customers.”
The construction of the tunnel has broken into Central Station’s ghost platforms. These were built last century as part of the Eastern Suburbs Railway line for Bondi and the Illawarra but were never completed.
Platforms 26 and 27 have sat unused since, but they will now house 17 new communications and power rooms to support the new Sydney Metro at Central.
Central Walk is expected to be open to customers in 2022 while Sydney Metro construction continues, with metro rail services extending from Chatswood through the city and beyond to Bankstown in 2024.
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