Internal documents have revealed NSW government blueprints for a major overhaul of Sydney’s Central Station.
If you thought all the construction through Town Hall was doing your head in, try to wrap your minds around this one.
The ABC and Fairfax have both seen secret Berejiklian government documents outlining a makeover of Sydney’s busiest station valued at around $3 billion!
The construction is estimated to span 20 years, with upgrades made to the main terminals and it’s surroundings.
The proposal includes high-rise commercial towers to be built on Lee Street, shops and low-rise residential apartments near Prince Alfred Park, a plaza on Eddy Avenue, a retail arcade on Pitt Street, a western station entrance, renovations to the Devonshire Street tunnel, and new train, bus and light rail times and routes.
The plans also include the construction of a five-star boutique hotel built on the upper levels of the 111-year-old main terminal building.
If the plans do get the green light, Railway Square’s YHA hotel will be demolished to make way for the commercial towers, and other nearby properties will be forcibly acquired, evicting tenants.
A spokeswoman for Transport for NSW has commented on current Central Station upgrades, but says they have made no decisions regarding future developments:
"Initial consultation has taken place with industry, stakeholders and the public, and further engagement is expected in the new year.
"Any decision to proceed with development at the station will have to be subject to rigorous economic appraisal and Cabinet consideration."
This news comes after years of overcrowding fears, with commuters to Central Station predicted to grow by 70 per cent over the next 20 years.