21 ST. GEORGES CRESCENT, DRUMMOYNE, NSW, 2047.
NSW Department of Planning and Environment
GPO Box 39, SYDNEY, NSW, 2001.
Attention: Director - Transport Assessments,
Dear Sir / Madam,
SUBMISSION, RE -
APPLICATION NO. SSI 7400. MOD 4.
SYDNEY METRO - CHATSWOOD TO SYDENHAM - SYDENHAM STATION AND SYDNEY METRO TRAINS FACILITY SOUTH.
Display advertisements in the Sydney press of 28 June 2017 invited public comment on a proposal to reconfigure Sydenham Railway Station to accept "metro" type trains, to construct and operate an adjacent train stabling and maintenance facility, and to perform associated enabling works. The closing date for submissions was to be 9 August 2017.
We support the proposal, with the following conditions.
STATION DESIGN OPTIONS
The Modification Application claims that passenger interchange between current train services operated by Sydney Trains and the proposed "Metro" trains, is is a prime purpose of the application.
It is thus disappointing that just one page of the Application (page 24) is devoted to the "design strategy" for Sydenham Station. Being a junction station, it is already an important interchange station. Given that the Metro trains' routing to the north will offer new destinations and faster trip-times for some travellers than are presently available, the degree of interchange might be expected to substantially increase.
It is therefore disappointing that the Applicant, Transport for NSW, has not adopted a station design put to it in November 2015 which involved the lowering of the railway tracks serving Sydenham platforms 1 ("Up" Metro) and 3 ("Up" T2 Airport Line), which would have enabled across-the-platform, same-direction interchange for passengers between Metro trains and T2 Airport Line trains in both directions - inbound and outbound. It would have enabled significant travel-time savings for thousands of future passengers. It would also have simplified wayfinding and its associated signage. Less ambulant passengers would have had less need to use stairs, escalators or lifts.
By actually encouraging interchange at Sydenham, that design may well have provided more passenger accommodation on Sydney Trains' services at St Peters and Erskineville stations, the potential shortage of which has generated considerable public concern.
The Minister for Planning might consider whether a further cost/benefit analysis of the above alternative station design is warranted as a condition of approval of this Application.
STATION DESIGN IN DETAIL.
A notable omission from the plans provided in the Application documents is the provision of escalators between the proposed elevated concourse and the platforms.
The Transport for NSW Design Guidelines for Sydney Metro City & Southwest, Chatswood to Sydenham, dated June 2017, Item 4.1.4 - Circulation Elements (page 67) state - "All Sydney Metro platforms are to be served by escalators and lifts. Lifts and escalators are to provide direct access from entry concourse to platform level".
It should be a condition of any approval of this Application that escalators be provided between the proposed elevated concourse and the station platforms.
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9 August 2017.