Pyrmont and Hunter Street have been announced as the locations for two new metro stations in Sydney’s CBD as part of the Sydney Metro West project.
The new Hunter Street station will connect commuters to suburban rail lines as well as light rail through entrances on the corners of Hunter and George streets, and Bligh and O’Connell streets.
The Pyrmont Station will be between Pyrmont Bridge Road and Union Street, allowing access to Pyrmont Bridge.
The Sydney Metro West project, reportedly costing about $27 billion, will connect Parramatta to the CBD in around 20 minutes and is forecast to double rail capacity between Greater Parramatta and the Sydney CBD.
Eleven commercial buildings in Sydney’s CBD as well as two in Pyrmont will be affected and may be resumed to make way for the stations.
It was announced earlier this year that the project would require compulsory acquisitions of properties.
Other stations include Westmead, Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, North Strathfield, Burwood North, Five Dock and The Bays.
NSW planning minister Rob Stokes granted approval for the project at concept level, from Westmead to the Sydney CBD, and the project's first stage, which included station excavation and tunnelling between Westmead and The Bays in March this year.
The planning approval process for Sydney Metro West is being done in stages due to the project’s size, and has been deemed a state significant infrastructure application.
Key components include about 24km of twin tunnels between Westmead and Sydney CBD, along with the construction of the new metro stations.
Stokes said the project was expected to create about 10,000 direct and 70,000 indirect jobs during construction.
The project has been touted as providing a fast and frequent connection between Parramatta and Sydney CBD, and aims to run a metro train every two minutes in each direction. The project is due for completion in 2030.
The first major tunnelling contract for the Sydney Metro West project is expected to be awarded in the middle of this year with tunnel boring machines to be in the ground by the end of next year.