The aim is put the busiest commuter hub in New South Wales (NSW) on a par with some of the grand stations of the world.
Minister for transport and infrastructure Andrew Constance has announced the start of planning to breathe new life into the station. “Central is the key gateway to Sydney and we want to unlock its potential,” he said. “NSW deserves a premier station that everyone can be proud of, one that’s not just a place to pass through but a destination itself.”
Work will soon begin on a new light rail stop as well as new Sydney Metro platforms, providing a catalyst to consider a wider rejuvenation of the precinct. “Today we’re kicking off consultation to revitalise Central and we want the public to come forward with ideas, and to think big,” said Constance. “It’s pretty clear when you compare it to the grand stations of the world, Central is falling short of what it could be offering customers and visitors to Sydney at the moment.”
He said that people want more retail and to be able to move around the station more easily, which will become even more important as Central grows as an interchange point.
More than 270,000 people use the station daily. In the next two decades, that figure is expected to reach about 450,000.
The first step in the plan will be to get public feedback on ideas to revitalise inside and around Central, and also engage industry through an extensive consultation programme.