Gadigal Metro Station: A New Addition to Central Sydney Transport Network – The Ankole Times

Gadigal Metro Station: A New Addition to Central Sydney Transport Network

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

In the heart of central Sydney, a $500 million metro train station has been constructed under Pitt, Park, and Bathurst streets. The station was initially referred to as Pitt Street station but has been officially named “Gadigal” by the New South Wales (NSW) government, putting an end to the naming dispute. Over the past four years, this once-underground construction site has been transformed into a state-of-the-art metro station as part of the $21.6 billion Metro City and Southwest project, which is set to open next year.

The Gadigal station is strategically located to alleviate congestion at Town Hall, the busiest interchange on Sydney’s rail network. It is situated less than 150 meters from both Town Hall station and a light rail stop, offering commuters seamless transitions between different modes of transportation. Sydney Metro City and Southwest project director Hugh Lawson mentioned that Gadigal and two other new CBD stations, along with underground metro platforms at Central Station, will work together to relieve the pressure on existing stations like Town Hall and Martin Place. The metro’s ability to absorb a large number of customers during disruptions is seen as an advantage.

While Gadigal is approximately 17 meters below the city streets, it is the shallowest underground station on the new metro line that extends from Chatswood in the north, beneath Sydney Harbour and the CBD, and onwards to Sydenham and Bankstown in the west. The five other new stations on the main section are situated between 25 and 30 meters below the surface.

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During the morning peak hours on weekdays, about 9,000 people are expected to pass through Gadigal’s gates, with nearly 13,500 projected at the new Martin Place station. In comparison, Town Hall station records around 38,000 tap-ons and tap-offs during the morning peak.

The name “Gadigal” was chosen after a process conducted by the Geographic Name Board, and it is supported by many stakeholders, including the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council. This naming decision is seen as a way to recognize Indigenous culture and heritage in the heart of Sydney.

Giant murals by Melbourne-based artist Callum Morton, named “The Underneath,” adorn the station’s north and south entrances, reflecting the railway history and the Tank Stream that once ran through the site. Additionally, the station’s vicinity will feature a 39-story office tower and a 39-story apartment building.

The Metro City and Southwest rail project has faced challenges and cost overruns in converting the 128-year-old line between Sydenham and Bankstown to accommodate driverless trains. The government estimates an additional $1 billion cost, bringing the total project bill to $21.6 billion, nearly double the initial estimate. The main section of the project must open before a 13-kilometer stretch of the Bankstown line can be closed to commuters in the third quarter of the next year for further conversion work.

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