An artist’s impression of the new Bankstown metro station.
RAIL commuters will be able to start using an upgraded Bankstown 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 Sydenham to Bankstown line to metro standards, concept designs have been revealed for major station upgrades.
From next year, stations will be made fully accessible, with level access between the platform and trains.
The Government, though, has rejected Canterbury Bankstown Council's vision to place Bankstown Station underground during the construction of the metro.
Instead, NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance, said the design would "future proof" the station, allowing the potential for underground platforms at a later stage.
Council administrator Richard Colley said "under-grounding" the station would ensure land above the rail corridor was utilised for new civic spaces or parks.
"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."
The Sydenham to Bankstown section of Sydney Metro, will provide commuters trains every four minutes in the peak, level access between platforms and trains, and direct connections to Barangaroo and North Sydney.
To convert the rail line to metro, a closure will be required for up to six months just before the services start in 2024.
The Environmental Impact Statement for the Sydney Metro from Sydenham to Bankstown has been placed on exhibition for public comment by the Department of Planning until November 8.
To make a submission, visit majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au.