Central Station has undergone a huge makeover and it’s almost unrecognisable. Commuters travelling via Central can now enjoy new retail spaces, high ceilings and a striking piece of art in the heart of the commotion and activity. Following a number of major upgrades, Australia’s busiest railway station is also set to welcome the arrival of metro trains in 2024.
The construction for the Central Station Concourse began in 2018 and a whopping $1.27 billion has been invested in the glossy new space.
The heritage-listed railway station opened in November 1905 and is located in the very centre of Sydney. Regarded as Australia’s largest and busiest train station, the giant train hub comprises the Grand Concourse, North Concourse, and South Concourse with platforms 1 to 15 in the Grand Concourse for regional and intercity trains, platforms 16 to 25 in the North Concourse for Sydney trains and platforms 4 to 25 for Sydney and Intercity trains in the South Concourse.
The Station’s defining features include its massive clock tower, a detailed sandstone facade and a classic design that has stood the test of time.
Its new and fancy North-South concourse fuses a touch of modernity into the timeless aesthetic of the century-old hub. Find more information about Central Station here.
Central Station’s North-South Concourse
The new concourse, built above platforms for the metro line, is made out of sandstone and comes with fancy sets of escalators and lifts from the platforms so next time you’re running to catch your train, you’ll have a far quicker alternative you can opt for.
Along with the breezy, open spaces and a neat design, the 80-metre-long and 19-metre-wide underground pedestrian link also features a floor artwork by Melbourne artist Rose Nolan with a nod to the former ticketing office of the station and the brickwork of the northern concourse facades.
When 2024 rolls around, the new concourse will provide commuters direct access to the metro platforms 27-metres below the surface.
That’s one way of making our morning and evening commute a lot more bearable. Find more info about the North-South concourse here.