A $107 million contract has been awarded to Downer EDI Works Pty Ltd to upgrade stations on the more than 125-year-old T3 Bankstown Line between Sydenham and Bankstown to metro rail standards.
Work will start soon at Dulwich Hill, Campsie and Punchbowl stations. It includes:
- Upgrading and re-levelling of existing platforms to provide level access to the new fully-air conditioned metro trains – no more step into the train for customers;
- A new covered aerial footbridge with lifts and stairs at Dulwich Hill Station connecting Bedford Crescent and Ewart Lane to the existing platform;
- A new plaza to the southern side of Dulwich Hill Station;
- New lifts at Punchbowl Stations connecting the existing concourses to platform level;
- Upgrades to Campsie Station forecourt to improve connection to Beamish Street;
- New family accessible toilets at Dulwich Hill and Punchbowl stations;
- Upgrades to stations like painting, improved lighting, tiling and paving;
- Upgrades to security fencing adjacent to each station, including installation of anti-throw screens to existing overbridges adjacent to each station; and
- Improvements to interchanges including bike parking, taxi spaces, kiss and ride and accessible parking.
The stations will also be prepared for the installation of platform screen doors. These glass safety barriers keep people and objects like prams away from the tracks and are being used for the first time in Australia on Sydney Metro.
Metro services on the upgraded Bankstown Line start in 2024, when customers will have a train every four minutes in each direction in the peak – that’s 15 trains an hour each way.
Currently, some stations like Wiley Park and Canterbury only have four trains an hour.