Martin Place train station is getting the finishing touches

The expansion of a massive new train station beneath Sydney’s Martin Place is in its final stages, while workers are installing signs and seats on two 170-metre-long platforms where passengers will board driverless trains from early next year.

The 25 escalators at the underground station that carry commuters to and from the trains are also being tested and commissioned, while 14 shafts will be ready for elevators in October.

A depiction of escalators in a large atrium of the new Martin Place tube station.

A depiction of escalators in a large atrium of the new Martin Place tube station.Credit: NSW Government

The new Martin Place station is part of the US$21.6 billion Metro City and Southwest rail line, the main section of which from Chatswood through the CBD to Sydenham is scheduled to open next April. It includes six new subway stations, including Pitt Street, near City Hall, and Barangaroo.

Transport Secretary Jo Haylen said it was “full steam ahead” to complete work on the new station, which would offer passengers a new public transport hub, as well as commercial, retail and catering opportunities.

“Fifty thousand people worked on this project from start to finish. “Metro will be a transformative project for Sydney,” she said.

The platforms at Martin Place, 25 meters below street level, are almost ready. Tile and wall panels are in place and final work is being carried out as workers install signage and seating on the two platforms.

The new subway district will cover more than a block and will have 3,000 square meters of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars spread over three floors. Shop fronts at the train station have been installed and tenants will be given keys to begin fitout in early 2024.

Commuters will have a direct subway connection from the single-level subways to the existing T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra Line platforms at Martin Place. A new pedestrian walkway will also link Martin Place station to Hunter Street.

Justin Scaccy

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