Construction works are underway on the biggest upgrade to Central Station in decades, as part of the Sydney Metro.
Work to build the 27m-deep metro station box is now 10m beneath the surface. About 6,000 tonnes of crushed rock is being excavated from the box every week.
Other upgrades include construction of a new Central Walk, which has required an 80m long, 6m wide construction tunnel to be built under the station.
The tunnel runs parallel to Central Walk and allows excavated crushed rock to be removed without impacting trains and customers.
The construction tunnel has broken into Central’s ghost platforms, which were built last century as part of the Eastern Suburbs Railway line for Bondi and the Illawarra but never completed.
Platforms 26 and 27 have sat unused since, but they will now house 17 new communications and power rooms to support the new Sydney Metro at Central.
Two new underground metro platforms are being built as well as the landmark Central Walk underground concourse, which will make it easier for customers to connect between light rail, suburban and inter-city trains, the new Sydney Metro and buses.
Central Walk is expected to be open to customers in 2022 while Sydney Metro construction continues – with metro rail services extending from Chatswood through the city and beyond to Bankstown in 2024.
View images of the construction work below: