Two more pieces in the Sydney Metro West puzzle were revealed in the recent announcement by the NSW Government of the location of the remaining stations on the line – Pyrmont and Hunter Street. The announcement itself was not a great surprise, as the general location of these stations has been foreshadowed for some time. However, the revelation of their exact locations has several interesting implications.
The first of these is confirmation that Hunter Street Station will play a pivotal role in a mega transport interchange underneath the northern part of the Sydney central business district (CBD). The second is the close proximity of Pyrmont station to the casino and how that may influence the redevelopment of the Pyrmont peninsula, which is similar in some respects to the relationship between Barangaroo station and the partially-opened Crown Casino.
However, one puzzle piece is likely to remain missing indefinitely – an extension of the metro to Sydney’s southeast. This along with several aspects of the metro’s design points to some of the compromises being made in the face of the project’s rising cost.
First, a very brief recap: Sydney Metro West (SMW) will be Sydney’s second metro line, stretching 24 kilometres from Westmead in Western Sydney to the city centre. Station locations have previously been confirmed at Westmead, Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, North Strathfield, Burwood North, Five Dock and The Bays.