SOUTH West Sydney rail customers will be able to start using upgraded stations from 2020, four years ahead of schedule, as the 122-year-old Bankstown Line is transformed to Sydney Metro standards, the NSW Government announced last week.
As part of the release of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Sydenham to Bankstown section of Sydney Metro City & Southwest project, Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance unveiled concept designs for major station upgrades.
"Work starts from next year to make big improvements to the stations, including making them fully accessible, with all stations to have level access between the platform and trains," Ms Berejiklian said.
"Where a station upgrade like a new lift or new station entry can be opened early, we'll deliver that as quickly as possible with these upgrades being opened progressively from 2020. You won't need to wait until trains start running in 2024."
The NSW Government also confirmed the Bankstown line upgrade will include:
- New entrances at upgraded stations;
- New public plazas to create open space;
- Heritage station buildings to be incorporated into modern designs;
- Train services more than tripled at stations like Dulwich Hill, Hurlstone Park, Canterbury and Wiley Park;
- A new concourse connecting Metro to Light Rail at Dulwich Hill; and
- The first stages of a new active transport corridor to be delivered as part of the project.
"The Bankstown Line was built in the late 19th century for steam trains, now this growing area of Sydney will have a modern 21st century metro with fast, safe and reliable trains, with plenty of room to grow in the future," Mr Constance said.
The Sydney Metro City & Southwest project forms the second stage of Sydney Metro, which is Australia's biggest public transport project and will deliver 31 stations and 66 kilometres of new metro rail.
The first stage of Sydney Metro is the $8.3 billion Sydney Metro Northwest (formerly North West Rail Link), which is already under construction and involves a 36-kilometre link between Rouse Hill and Chatswood, with services due to commence in 2019.