Sydney Metro: Concerns for the Newtown Electorate

The Sydney Metro will be a privately operated metro line running from Chatswood to Bankstown. The southern part of the route from the CBD to Bankstown will replace the current Bankstown line on the Sydney Trains network – a functional line that is now in public hands.

The Bankstown line includes two train stations within the Electorate of Newtown – Erskineville and St Peters. The construction of the Metro will have significant impacts on services at those stations, as well as on services at nearby Sydenham and Marrickville stations that are also on the Bankstown line. 

There will also be impacts on residents who live near the Marrickville ‘dive tunnel’ that will join the existing terrestrial train line to the new underground section of the Metro.

A new metro station will be built in Waterloo, where around 2000 existing public housing residences will be demolished to make way for a large residential development. There will be impacts on residents around that area too.

Transport for NSW released the Environmental Impact Statement for Stage 2 (Chatswood to Sydenham) of the Sydney Metro project earlier this year and called for public submissions. Our office made a submission raising the concerns of local residents in our electorate. A broader submission was made by the NSW Greens spokesperson on Transport Dr Mehreen Faruqi.

The Newtown Electorate Office submission addressed a number of issues:

  • Support for publicly owned public transport
  • The future of Erskineville and St Peters stations
  • Redfern Station Accessibility
  • Residential density and public amenity in Waterloo
  • Public housing impacts in Waterloo
  • Impacts from construction
  • Compulsory Acquisitions

Download the Newtown Electorate Office submission here

Download the NSW Greens submission from the office of Dr Mehreen Faruqi here

If you would like to raise any concerns or have questions about the Sydney Metro project, email us at [email protected]


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