Two new metro stations in Sydney’s CBD are expected to slash travel times for commuters travelling from the city’s west.
- The stations for the Sydney Metro West line will be at Pyrmont and Hunter Street
- Thirteen buildings will be purchased by the government for the projects
- The project’s final price tag has not yet been revealed
The stations for the Sydney Metro West line which will link Parramatta and the city will be built at Pyrmont and Hunter Street.
The Pyrmont station will be between Pyrmont Bridge Road and Union Street while the Hunter Street station will have entrances on the corner of Hunter and George Streets and Bligh and O’Connell Streets.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance today said the line would cater for 3 million people and slash travel times – but more than a dozen buildings would need to be acquired for the construction of the two stations.
“We are going to see the acquisition of 13 buildings, but they are not residential, they’re commercial in nature,” he said.
“We will be assigning managers to each of those individual commercial tenants and business owners to help through this process but I want to thank them and acknowledge that they’re going to be sacrificing so much for the rest of the state, this is a big project.”
Two of the buildings to be acquired are in Pyrmont and 11 in the CBD – including the Hunter Connection building, which contains a popular food court.
“The Hunter Connection is part of that acquisition program but we will work with those businesses, compensate those businesses, we’ll help relocate those businesses,” Mr Constance said.
“Due to COVID there’s quite a significant vacancy rate across the city, we have seen an increase in the vacancy rate of about eight per cent, so there will be that opportunity for businesses to re-establish themselves.”
A final price tag for the project is yet to be revealed but there’s already $10.4 billion in the budget.
“We haven’t changed our costings for that, we don’t like to give the final cost until we’ve let the contracts,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.
Mr Constance said he’d be happy to see a federal government contribution to the project but it’s not crucial.
“One point I would make, that everyone’s talked about, is an east-west link to Badgery’s Creek airport,” he said.
“This is really the first major stage of that link so it would be nice if Canberra does consider it, we will continue to ask them to consider it.
“At the end of the day if they do contribute great, if they don’t we just continue to get on with it.”
The project is expected to be completed by 2030.