By NSW Premier Mike Baird @MikeBairdMP
This week we unveiled the final designs for what will become the first station as part of Sydney’s $8.3 billion metro – Australia’s biggest public transport project.
The final drawings for the new Cudgegong Road Railway Station at Rouse Hill have been publicly released as we continue to build the Sydney Metro Northwest.
Cudgegong Road will be the first station on the line at the start of the new Sydney metro, which will begin running brand new metro trains through Sydney’s booming north west from 2019.
This first station will be built in a cutting, and includes a distinctive leaf-shaped roof that has been sustainably designed to include LED lighting only. In an Australian first, platform screen door technology will be used to keep people and objects away from the tracks to allow trains to get in and out of stations as quickly as possible. These screen doors will be built into all stations across the new Sydney Metro network.
These design features can be seen in two life-size prototype stations that we’ve constructed to give the people who will be using the metro a chance to provide us with any feedback. We’re taking our new metro stations for a test run to make sure we deliver the best experience possible for commuters to ensure they’re at the centre of this project. The prototypes help suggest any final changes to station designs and have been used in other major infrastructure projects like Crossrail in London.
Cudgegong Road station will include 1,000 commuter car parking spaces, dedicated parking bays for buses and drop off zones for taxis and passenger vehicles.
This station will be the first stop on the Sydney Metro Northwest project, which will include eight new stations and five upgraded stations, and 4,000 commuter car spots. It’s part of stage one of broader Sydney Metro project, which will extend under Sydney Harbour, through the CBD, and beyond to Bankstown by 2024.
Meantime, Vivid Sydney is already the world’s largest festival or light, music and ideas, and this year’s festival will be even bigger and better than ever.
In just seven years, Vivid has established itself as one of our city’s major events, attracting a record 1.7 million people last year including more than 26,000 international visitors who arrived on specially-designed travel packages.
The festival has helped cement Sydney as a hub for creative industries in the Asia-Pacific and has also transformed a traditionally quiet visitor period into one of our busiest, with the festival delivering $63.2 million in visitor expenditure to the State last year alone.
This year, I’m pleased to announce we’re extending the festival by another five nights to allow more people to experience the event. Vivid Sydney will run from Friday 27 May until the 18th of June.