I'm sure everyone's heard that the metro station to the South of Sydney will be built at Waterloo (the other choice was at Sydney University)...
The NSW Government today announced the location of the new station at Waterloo – the 31st station on Sydney Metro.
The station will be built underground between Botany Road and Cope Street, south of Raglan Street, with discussions now underway with affected landowners and tenants.
The station at Waterloo is a key part of realising the area’s enormous potential and will make this rapidly growing part of Sydney more accessible and take pressure off Redfern and Green Square Stations.
The Environmental Impact Statement for the project will be released later this year, which will give the community the chance to have their say on the project.
A difficult decision I guess - there any many sites in inner Sydney that could use a metro station/line. But it seems that the government at least had enough foresight to realise what would happen if you stuffed thousands of apartments in Waterloo/Zetland/Alexandria/Beaconsfield with very little mass transit to handle the growing population.
The only thing I'm confused by is the location - it's only just over 500 meters South of Redfern Station and a kilometer from Green Sq. That distance is well inside Redferns 'catchment' area and sitting on the edge of Green Sq's. Most of the recent apartments are close to the Eastern Distributor (to the East of Elizabeth St). I would have expected the station to be placed there.
So that doesn't really address the issue that the area faces - the areas already serviced by rail get another station which still leaves the apartments on the East side of the area without easy rail access...
I agree with you and if you look at the position of the metro station it isn't that far from the current rail line in that area. Why couldn't they have put a station on the airport line at that position.
Yes it is a very bizarre decision. I would have thought swinging the metro further East and having 2 stops - 1 at Epsom Road (there is a tonne of apartments going up there & it is way too far from Green Sq) and 1 further North at Bourke & Danks/Lachlan St.
Alternatively you could keep the North station at Bourke & Lachlan St and put a second station at Green Sq so it would be a new interchange allowing passengers to get access to the airport line without having to do a messy change at Central - thus it would decentralise the overcrowded rail network and relieve Central and Redfern Stn.
The current proposed station (between Green Sq and Redfern) could be built into the airport line. However since the new line is already going through the area could take a lower priority - either way in the long term it would be better to have another airport line station here and utilise the existing infrastructure more effectively.
Anyway it seems like the final decisions have been made but I still fail to see how the masses of apartments near the Eastern Distributor/Sth Dowling St are going to be helped by having a Stn over near Redfern??? It seems like this decision was made on the cheap - and not really to solve the most pressing concerns that the area has.
The other thing to point out - I think we discussed this a bit earlier was the configuration of stations on the lower north shore. They've scaled back the number of stations to the minimum; Chatswood, Crows Nest, Victoria Cross...
So no interchange station at St Leonards and no Artarmon Station either.
This probably makes reasonable sense. Having one or two less stops will take a few minutes of the journey time and help keep commutes within a reasonable time-frame.