Sydney Metro will revitalise communities, transform places and make the nation’s only global city more liveable and connected.
Australia’s largest city will be more productive and more attractive globally. Not only will this new mass transit system move more people safely and reliably than ever before, it will unlock the potential of Sydney as a growing global city – creating new and diverse opportunities to support changing communities.
Joining other great global mass transit development initiatives, the NSW Government has identified stations on the Sydney Metro system which can be better integrated with the areas around them, creating world-class places that will shape our city’s future.
Creating great places in a global city
Building new metro stations for Sydney will create exciting opportunities to bring together international best practice and innovative urban thinking to shape and create vibrant and attractive places in the precincts surrounding reach station.
Vibrant places help strengthen communities, attract visitors, workers and investment and enhance our city’s liveability. Sydney’s new metro stations will create focal points in the communities that they serve, with new places for people to live, work, shop and play – and public spaces designed to encourage walking, cycling and social interaction.
Each station is different in character, and will require a tailored place-based approach to planning and place making to realise opportunities in each area.
A new international standard of place
In building new metro stations for Sydney, an exciting opportunity exists to integrate global best practice and innovative thinking to create a sense of place.
Vibrant neighbourhoods help strengthen communities, attract investment and enhance liveability. A dynamic place integrates restaurants, parks, footpaths, buildings and other public space to invite greater interaction between people and foster healthier, more social and economically viable communities.
Sydney Metro will help create places that are easy to access, are connected to their surroundings, are comfortable and clean, and that provide social interactions and boundless opportunities.
Supporting and developing local communities
Local communities are the focal point in planning, designing and managing public spaces.
Through urban design principles and place making, Sydney Metro stations will be more than somewhere to catch the train; they will be the centre of the communities through a variety of uses.
Transport for NSW will work closely with communities on how to best integrate station development and deliver stations and buildings that are thriving, welcoming hubs for everyone to enjoy.
The concept proposal for Victoria Cross is a 40-storey commercial building above the station’s southern entrance integrating retail opportunities and enhancing North Sydney as a thriving commercial, residential and entertainment hub.
The future development will sit prominently in the North Sydney skyline and complement neighbouring development including existing heritage buildings and nearby buildings currently under construction.
Concept State Significant Development Application
A concept State Significant Development Application and Environmental Impact Statement for the over station development at Victoria Cross was submitted to the Department of Planning and Environment in May 2018. The application contains information about the proposed building above the new Sydney Metro station in North Sydney and an assessment of possible environmental impacts. These documents were exhibited for community feedback until 22 June 2018.
You can view a summary of the proposal in the Victoria Cross community booklet.
The concept State Significant Development Application for Victoria Cross and accompanying documents may be viewed on the NSW Department of Planning and Environment website: majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au and sydneymetro.info/documents.
Sydney Metro has prepared a Submissions Report which responds to all submissions received during the exhibition period. The Department of Planning and Environment will consider the Submissions Report in its assessment of the concept State Significant Development Application.
A planning determination is expected in late 2018 by the Minister for Planning.
The new Sydney Metro station at Waterloo provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity make Waterloo one of the most connected and attractive inner-city places to live, work and visit.
The Metro Quarter will be integrated with the new Waterloo Station and will deliver new homes, shops, community services and a new public plaza with an adjoining community building.
You can view a summary of the proposal in the Waterloo Community Brochure.
Sydney Metro is working with UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation to deliver the Metro Quarter. Additional information is available on their website.
Sydney Metro requested the SEARs for the Waterloo Metro Quarter from the Department of Planning and Environment in May 2018. This is the first stage of the planning process for the Metro Quarter.
Community information sessions were held in May and June of 2018.
Feedback from this early consultation is being reviewed and considered, prior to an Environmental Impact Statement being lodged later this year.
The concept proposal for Pitt Street is a 43-storey mixed use building which could house a hotel, apartments and commercial office space above the northern entry of the new Pitt Street Station, and a 35-storey building which could house apartments or commercial office space above the southern entry of Pitt Street Station.
The buildings have been designed to be in keeping with the surrounding city scape and current development proposals for the city. The buildings will blend with the city skyline now and into the future.
Concept State Significant Development Application
Two concept State Significant Development applications, including Environmental Impact Statements – one on the corner of Park and Pitt Street, referred to as Pitt Street North and one on the corner of Bathurst and Pitt Street, referred to as Pitt Street South, were submitted to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment in August 2018. The applications contain information about the proposed buildings above the Station and an assessment of possible environmental impacts. These documents were on exhibition for community feedback until 12 September 2018.
You can view a summary of the proposal in the Pitt Street community booklet.
The concept State Significant Development Application for Pitt Street and accompanying documents may be viewed here and on the NSW Department of Planning and Environment website.
Crows Nest Station
The metro station at Crows Nest provides an opportunity for a modern precinct that services the community’s needs, supported by a world class metro system.
The concept for the over station development at Crows Nest includes four buildings – two residential, one commercial office space, and either a hotel or commercial office building. You can view a summary of the proposal in the Crows Nest Community Brochure.
Early community feedback has helped shape the concept proposal for the Crows Nest integrated station development, including looking at opportunities to incorporate more greenspace, community facilities and shops and services like convenience stores, cafes and a gym. A summary of community feedback can be found in the project community update.
Sydney Metro has now lodged a request with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment for the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs). This is the first stage of the planning process, and is in preparation for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will accompany the concept State Significant Development (SSD) application, expected to be lodged in late 2018.
Our specialist design team will now draw on international best practice to include innovative greenspace ideas and community facilities that will integrate with the local urban area while recognising the changing face of this vibrant community.
Additional community information sessions will be held when the concept SSD application is lodged in late 2018.
The NSW Government has awarded Macquarie Group a contract to deliver the new Martin Place integrated station development.
The Martin Place integrated station development includes the new Martin Place metro station, two new commercial buildings above the station, a retail space and recreation precinct, new underground pedestrian connections and improvements to the public domain.
Macquarie Group has appointed LendLease as its design and construction contractor to deliver the Martin Place integrated station development.
From a public transport customer perspective, the physical station environment like the platforms and paid concourse area will meet the same high standards as all the new city metro stations.
As the new Martin Place Station is built underground, the buildings above will be constructed at the same time, creating a new landmark CBD development and a world-class transport hub.
The new Martin Place Station will deliver new metro rail services – with the ultimate capacity for a metro train every two minutes in each direction through the centre of the CBD – and will also directly link the existing Martin Place suburban railway station, which services the Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra lines.
You can read more about the proposal in the Martin Place integrated station development newsletter.
Concept State Significant Development Applications (SSDA) are expected to be lodged for each site in 2018 and public consultation will follow.
The sites are classified as state significant given their scale and integration with Sydney Metro.