26 September 2023

Central Sydney to transform upwards

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Transport for NSW (TfNSW) is inviting feedback on a proposal to build over the rail lines at Central Station in Sydney’s CBD.

The plan also includes a new public square and park, office space and housing, along with active travel connections.

Welcoming the plan, Premier Dominic Perrottet said TfNSW’s vision for Central Station would utilise unused space over the current rail corridor to deliver a vibrant destination and provide much needed space for the expansion of the CBD.

Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport, Rob Stokes said the Central Precinct Renewal Program would extend the southern CBD and use the State’s transport assets to shape almost 24 hectares of empty space into “something magnificent”.

“The masterplan celebrates the heritage of the precinct while also offering a grand new public square, three new parks, new community, social services hubs as well as at least 30 per cent of affordable and diverse housing to better meet the needs of all sections of the community,” Mr Stokes said.

“This proposal will heal parts of our city that have been torn apart since the railway divided Surry Hills from Ultimo back in 1874,” he said.

“The proposal includes multiple new over-rail connections including Devonshire Street bridge, to enhance pedestrian and bicycle access through Central Precinct and to surrounding neighbourhoods.”

Mr Stokes said key features of the masterplan included about 850 new dwellings, 15 new buildings ranging in size and scale from four to 34 storeys, and more than 60,000 square metres of public domain including parks, squares and plazas.

He said the rezoning package to enable the transformation of the Central precinct was now on public exhibition, with community feedback open until 19 September.

Further information on the Central Precinct Renewal Program can be accessed at this PS News link.

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