SYDNEY, AAP – One of two new stations announced for the $27 billion Sydney to Parramatta Metro West rail project will be built at Pyrmont near the Star Casino.
Another station, in Hunter Street, will require the compulsory acquisition of 11 commercial properties in Sydney’s CBD.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Transport Minister Andrew Constance on Wednesday announced the final two stations in the massive infrastructure project that promises a 20-minute commute between Parramatta and the CBD.
Mr Constance said the Pyrmont station will be located between Pyrmont Bridge Road and Union Street, near the Star Casino.
He acknowledged the location of the station would greatly increase the land value of commercial properties in the vicinity and flagged those businesses would be expected to contribute to the cost of building the station.
“One of the things we are flagging of course for the peninsula of Pyrmont is obviously a contribution given it is going to massively increase the value of properties in those areas, it’s only fair that we share in that value,” he said.
Pyrmont and Hunter Street will join the other station locations which have been confirmed for Sydney Metro West – Westmead, Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, North Strathfield, Burwood North, Five Dock and The Bays.
The first major tunnelling contract for the Sydney Metro West project will be awarded within months, with tunnel boring expected to get underway by the end of next year.
The project, which is expected to create 10,000 direct and 70,000 indirect jobs, is due to be completed by 2030.