Sydenham to Bankstown Metro Upgrade Project

Sydenham to Bankstown Metro Upgrade Project
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The Sydenham to Bankstown Metro Project includes a 13.5km upgrade and conversion of the T3 Bankstown Line to metro standards. It will involve an upgrade to all 11 stations between Sydenham and Bankstown. Sydenham to Bankstown Metro Upgrade Project The Sydenham to Bankstown Metro Project includes a 13.5km upgrade and conversion of the T3 Bankstown Line to metro standards. It will involve an upgrade to all 11 stations between Sydenham and Bankstown. Planning
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The Sydenham to Bankstown Metro (Metro Southwest) is the third stage of the Sydney Metro. It involves conversion of the 13.5km T3 Bankstown Line to metro standards. The first stage, Cudgegong Rd to Chatswood (Metro Northwest) has been recently completed and is in operation since 26 May 2019. The second stage, Chatswood to Sydenham (Metro City), is currently underway.

In 2018, Council made two detailed submissions to the Department of Planning and Environment, which set out why Council could not support the Metro Southwest concept in its proposed form. Council’s submission stated that the community deserves transport infrastructure that enhances liveability, amenity and economic prosperity. The proposed concept entrenches inequitable investment in infrastructure for the City of Canterbury Bankstown and dismisses the aspirations for the strategic centres at Bankstown and Campsie.​

However, on 19 December 2018, Sydney Metro received planning approval to build the Metro Southwest, which is due for completion in 2024.

Council is meeting regularly with Sydney Metro to negotiate improving outcomes for the Metro upgrades between Sydenham and Punchbowl. Council is currently awaiting announcements from Sydney Metro regarding the future of Bankstown Station.

Sydney Metro has expressed to Council that design works for the rail corridor and stations will be the main focus for 2019. Early investigation works commenced in February 2019.

For further information on the progress of Sydney Metro Southwest, please refer to the following Sydney Metro websites:

Below is a summary of previous Council submissions:


July 2018 Submission - Preferred Infrastructure Report (PIR)​

The PIR is Sydney Metro's response to the submissions received on the 2017 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The 2,000 page report includes responses to submissions, revised concept designs and supporting technical reports. The PIR will be assessed by the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) to determine approval to proceed and any conditions of approval.

The PIR was released for public comment from 20 June to 18 July. Due to the short time frame to review such a major project Council requested an extension of the consultation for an additional four weeks with additional consultation sessions. This request was not granted, but DPE granted Council an extension to 27 July to enable Council to consider the submission at its July meeting.

The concepts presented in the PIR represent a significant reduction in the scope of works and excludes new stations, precinct upgrades, active transport corridor and a raft of other station and corridor items previously proposed in the EIS. While there are some benefits such as heritage retention and reduced construction impact (from five years to three years), the resulting outcome will be a sub -standard Metro service compared to the City and Northwest sections and compared to almost any other Metro in the world.

The PIR effectively dismisses all the issues raised by Council in its 160 page submission on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The drastic reduction in proposed scope represents a significant financial saving which should be re-invested into station and precinct upgrades within this corridor and in delivering an active transport corridor.

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The submission raises the following key issues:

  1. The project proposes a significant reduction in scope and investment in the Southwest corridor;
  2. The proposed design of Bankstown Station is extremely inadequate for a Strategic Centre and for a Health and Education Precinct;
  3. The proposed design for Campsie Station is inadequate for a Strategic Centre;​
  4. The project lacks any improvements to station precincts;
  5. The Active Transport Corridor is proposed to be deleted;
  6. No improvement to cross-corridor connectivity is proposed;
  7. The project lacks station design excellence;
  8. There are concerns relating to customer safety and convenience with the proposed design;
  9. The project is inconsistent with key Government policies on design, transport and planning;
  10. The proposed review processes are unsatisfactory; and
  11. There are also a number of station-specific issues and questions.​


​December 2018 Submission – Environmental Impact Statement

The Sydney Metro proposal, as it currently stands, lacks the vision and commitment needed to provide economic, social and infrastructure opportunities for the people of Canterbury-Bankstown.

Council's submission is comprised of three reports.

Part 1: Sydenham to Bankstow n Metro: Key issues and opportunities  

A succinct description of the 8 high level issues and opportunities Council has identified.

Part 2: Creating Better Places: Opportunities for our Metro centres

An analysis of each centre which responds directly to the concept designs provided in the EIS for each station.

Part 3: Technical Review

A detailed analysis of corridor-wide issues, construction impacts and individual station issues / opportunities.

Below is a summary of the content of the submissions.

 Part 1: Sydenham to Bankstown Metro

Part 1 identifies eight high level issues with the project in its current form.

  • Equity and value add for Canterbury-Bankstown – The Canterbury-Bankstown business and residential community deserve greater investment. The current plan ignores significant opportunities for renewal and City-shaping. A major opportunity to increase the serviceability of this part of Sydney by undergrounding at Bankstown Station is not contemplated in the EIS.
  • Integration with strategic opportunities across Metro Sydney – The Metro if constructed as released would sterilise the opportunity for transport links to Liverpool, Parramatta and Kogarah identified in the recently released State Government policies.
  • Realise the potential of Bankstown – The Metro as planned does not respond to Bankstown's role as a strategic centre and a major transport interchange. 
  • Transport hierarchy and connectivity – The Metro as planned fails to improve connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists across the rail line and to and from stations and in some cases, makes things worse. There is also a lack of commitment to the delivery of the Active Transport Corridor.
  • Station design and placemaking – The removal of existing station entrances ignores their role in activating main streets. The community will lose many trees and several heritage buildings with little justification.
  • Managing impacts on our community – The temporary transport plan is poorly considered. Construction works to under and overpasses will affect connectivity across the railway corridor. A strong business support program is needed along with excellence in community engagement during the project to minimise issues. There are impacts to valued open space and community facilities that need clarification.
  • Inconsistency with Government policy on urban design – The Metro project does not address TfNSW and State Government Urban Design Policies.
  • Process after approval – Council and the community deserve a seat at the table as a decision maker moving forward.


Part 2: Creating Better Places: Opportunities for our Metro centres

Station opportunities plans were prepared to detail the impacts of the Metro project on local streets and footpaths, open space and landscaping, flooding issues, economic activity, social considerations, noise issues and heritage significance. These adopted an equivalent look and feel to the drawings provided in the EIS to allow simpler side-by-side comparison. 

The opportunities plans prepared apply the following urban design and place-making principles:

  • Utilising new concourses to improve town centre connectivity;
  • Improving pedestrian priority across town centres;
  • Establishing a clearer, more consistent transport mode hierarchy;
  • Retention of existing station entries to protect existing main street functions;
  • Carefully scaled new public spaces activated and surveilled by retail uses;
  • Retaining and incorporating existing features that add to the character of our centres such as mature trees, station buildings, heritage items etc;
  • Integrating renewal opportunities to link existing centres with new retail in a manner that allows both to thrive;
  • Providing continuous weather protection to station entries; and
  • Ensuring passive surveillance and CPTED is embedded in all station precinct planning.

Council has used the design principles within the NSW State Government's newly released design policy to measure the Metro Concept Plans.


Part 3: Technical Review

Detailed tables which consider all impacts on each centre and across the corridor in relation to urban design, traffic and transport, biodiversity, flooding and hydrology, noise and vibration, economic and social impacts, construction impacts, heritage, land use, sustainability and waste.