The $370 million contract has been awarded to build Sydney Metro’s new Crows Nest Station.
The New South Wales Government announced that construction company AW Edwards will deliver the station, which will include two entrances, footpaths, lighting, retail space, improvements to pedestrian and cyclist safety around the site and enabling works for future over station developments.
Crows Nest Station will be the first stop for metro services leaving Chatswood and headed towards the Sydney CBD when Sydney Metro is extended from the North West in 2024.
New South Wales Minister for Transport, Andrew Constance, said, “The new Crows Nest Station will transform how customers travel, with air-conditioned, driverless trains every four minutes in each direction in peak times.
“Hundreds of new jobs will be created throughout the life of the project, with more than 300 workers on site during peak phases of construction activity.”
Customers will benefit from faster travel times – around four minutes to Chatswood, five minutes to Barangaroo and seven minutes to Martin Place.
Crows Nest Station, which has already been excavated by Sydney Metro’s tunnelling contractor to its final depth of 25, is one of six new metro stations being built on the Sydney Metro City and Southwest project.
The station will provide new metro rail access to the Crows Nest residential area, local schools and businesses and serve people within walking and cycling distance.
It will also create a new transport focus on the southern side of the St Leonards specialised centre which supports the St Leonards southern gateway to commercial and mixed-use activities.
Construction of the station will start in January 2021 and is due to be completed in 2023.
The Crows Nest Station contract includes:
- The construction and fit out of the station, including two station entrances with one located on Pacific Highway between Oxley Street and Hume Street and one located on Clarke Street near the corner of Hume Street
- Lifts and escalators to the new underground platforms
- Retail space next to the Clarke Street station entry, and future retail opportunities at ground level along the Pacific Highway
- Public domain works including footpaths, street tree planting, lighting and street furniture
- New pedestrian lights to cross the Pacific Highway on the northern side of Oxley Street intersection
- New pedestrian crossings on Clarke and Hume Streets
- New bike parking on Hume Street, Pacific Highway, Clarke Street and Oxley Street
- New kiss and ride and point to point transport bays in close proximity to the station
- Installation of wayfinding and Sydney Metro information signage
- Hume Street bi-directional separated cycle link from Clarke Street to Nicholson Street
- Upgraded Hume Street intersection with cycle crossing and increased pedestrian capacity
AW Edwards has experience in Sydney rail projects, building four stations as part of the former Epping to Chatswood railway line, which now forms part of the Metro North West Line.
A delivery partner for the future over station developments above Crows Nest Station will be selected through a separate tender process.
Consistent with the New South Wales Government’s commitment to community engagement, the station and over station development packages have been separated.
This has enabled the station tender process to proceed (for a station opening in 2024) while the New South Wales Government further considered community feedback regarding the developments above the station.
This has also allowed the over station developments to be further incorporated into an integrated planning outcome, consistent with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s recently released St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plan.