Work will commence in the first half of 2021 at Marrickville, Canterbury and Lakemba to upgrade the stations to metro standards ahead of the conversion of T3 to metro operation as part of the Sydney City & Southwest project.

Specific work includes:

  • upgrading and re-levelling existing platforms to provide level access to the new fully-air- conditioned metro trains
  • installation of two new lifts at Canterbury Station, connecting the concourse to platforms 1 and 2
  • a new family-accessible toilet at Canterbury Station;
  • improved lighting, tiling and paving
  • upgrades to security fencing, including installing anti-throw screens on existing overbridges adjacent to each station
  • improvements to interchanges including bike parking, taxi spaces, drop and ride and accessible parking, and
  • preparation for the installation of platform screen doors.

Metro services on the upgraded Bankstown Line will start in 2024. The line will offer a four-minute frequency in each direction during the peak. This compares to every 15 minutes at present at some stations such as Wiley Park and Canterbury.

Sydney Metro says further contracts will be awarded in 2021.

The 30km Sydney City & Southwest is effectively an extension of the 23km Metro Northwest line, which opened in May 2019.

For an in-depth article on plans to develop Sydney’s Metro network, see the October 2020 edition of IRJ p26, or click here.

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