BANKSTOWN rail travellers will be able to start using an upgraded station from 2020, four years ahead of schedule, but it will not be underground.
As the NSW Government prepares to transform the 122-year-old Bankstown line to Sydney Metro standards, concept designs have been revealed for major station upgrades. The metro line is forcarsted to cut weekly travel times by up to an hour.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance has released the design for the new stations, with the Government opting not to place Bankstown underground as proposed by Canterbury Bankstown Council.
Mr Constance, however, said the design would "future proof" the station and allow for the construction of potential underground platforms.
Council adminstrator Richard Colley said burying the station would ensure that land above the rail corridor was utilised for new civic spaces.
"We still consider the under-grounding needs to be done now, not 'future-proofing' something we believe is unlikely to occur in the future," Mr Colley said.
"This remains a once in a lifetime opportunity to reconnect the entire Bankstown CBD, and we look forward to working with the Government on this."
The community can now have its say on the Marrickville to Bankstown upgrade with the Environmental Impact Statement open for feedback until November 8.
"Work starts from next year to make big improvements to the stations, including making them fully accessible, with all stations to have level access between the platform and trains," Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.
"Where a station upgrade like a new lift or new station entry can be opened early, we'll deliver that as quickly as possible with these upgrades being opened progressively from 2020. You won't need to wait until trains start running in 2024."
The Government today also confirmed the Bankstown line upgrade will include:
? New entrances at upgraded Stations.
? New public plazas to create open space.
? Heritage station buildings to be incorporated into modern designs.
? Train services more than tripled at stations like Dulwich Hill, Hurlstone Park, Canterbury and Wiley Park.
? A brand new concourse connecting Metro to Light Rail at Dulwich Hill.
? The first stages on a new active transport corridor to be delivered as part of the project.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the Bankstown Line was built in the late 19th century for steam trains.
"Now this growing area of Sydney will have a modern 21st century metro with fast, safe and reliable trains, with plenty of room to grow in the future," Mr Constance said.
"Customers will have a new fully air-conditioned metro train every four minutes in the peak, delivering a new quality of railway service never before seen in Australia."
The community can now have its say on the Marrickville to Bankstown upgrade with the Environmental Impact Statement open for feedback until November 8 2017.
As part of the upgrade, commuters will have new and direct access to major CBD metro stations and beyond, including Martin Place, Pitt Street, Barangaroo, Victoria Cross in North Sydney, Chatswood and Macquarie Park.
Customers will also see a major boost to train services. On the Bankstown Line there is currently up to eight trains an hour in the peak at major stations along the line - other stations have as few as four an hour in the peak and sometimes just two an hour at nights and weekends.
When Sydney Metro services start in 2024, there will be 15 trains an hour at all stations during the peak, with room to grow in the future. To complete major upgrades, Sydney Metro will take advantage of the four annual scheduled maintenance closures of the Bankstown Line to do upgrade work. Additional periodic closures will be scheduled around quieter travel times like nights, weekends and school holidays to minimise impacts. At all other times the Bankstown Line will remain open with normal Sydney Trains services.
As outlined earlier this year, to convert the Sydenham to Bankstown line to metro services, a closure of between three to six months will be required to do work that can only be done once Sydney Trains has stopped operating on the line. This closure will be just before metro services start in 2024.