Town Hall railway station

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Town Hall
Town Hall Railway Station, Sydney.jpg
George Street entrance in February 2015
Location George Street, Sydney
Owned by RailCorp
Operated by Sydney Trains
Line(s) City Circle
North Shore
Eastern Suburbs
Distance 1.18 kilometres from Central
Platforms 6 (2 island, 2 side)
Tracks 6
Connections Bus
Structure type Underground
Depth 6 metres (upper level)
12 metres (lower level)
Platform levels 2
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Status Staffed
Station code THL
Fare zone MyZone 1
Website Sydney Trains
Opened 28 February 1932
Electrified Yes
Preceding station   Sydney Trains   Following station
towards Epping or Emu Plains or Richmond
North Shore, Northern & Western Line
towards Hornsby or Berowra
towards Campbelltown
Airport, Inner West & South Line
towards Macarthur
Bankstown Line
towards Lidcombe or Liverpool
towards Waterfall or Cronulla
T4: Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line

Town Hall railway station serves the Sydney central business district. It opened on 28 February 1932.[1]


Platform 2 in 1932

The station is built on the site of Sydney's earliest colonial cemetery, the Old Sydney Burial Ground.[2][3][4] In 2008, part of this cemetery was being excavated from under the Town Hall.

The station opened on 28 February 1932. It was built with six platforms, which were split over two levels with three platforms on each level. When the station opened, only four of the platforms were in use: platforms 1, 2 and 3 on the upper level and platform 6, served by escalators, on the lower level.[5] The other two platforms were built in preparation for a proposed western suburbs line from the city to Gladesville, as envisaged under the Bradfield scheme.[5] This line was never built, and the platforms (4 and 5) remained disused until incorporated into the Eastern Suburbs line when it was constructed in the 1970s.

The station concourse had a major restructure in 2005 when the shops inside were closed to make way for the increasing crowds.

In April 2006, Transport Minister John Watkins announced plans for a $2 million inquiry into concept designs for upgrading the station. The station requires upgrading due to a large number of people using the station per day (70,000), and needs congestion relief to cater for an expected 2% yearly increase in commuters using the station.[6]

During a refurbishment of the station in 2014, a sign pointing to an air-raid shelter was uncovered on a staircase leading to Platforms 1 and 2. It has been encased in a persplex casing.[7]

Station configuration[edit]

Town Hall has two levels, each with three platforms - physically two island platforms, but set up so that one faces two tracks and the other faces the other track. The station has lifts connecting the concourse with the platforms, providing Easy Access for wheelchairs. These facilities were constructed during 2003-2004.

The station is linked to other shopping centres such as the Queen Victoria Building, Town Hall Square and the Pavilion Plaza.

Way Out signs installed on platform exit areas in mid 2010

Platforms and services[edit]

The station is served by most Sydney Trains lines: the North Shore, Northern & Western Line, the Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line and the lines served by the City Circle, namely the Bankstown Line and the Airport, Inner West & South Line. Some NSW TrainLink South Coast line services which originate from Bondi Junction service the station in peak hours and weekends. The station's configuration means that easy cross-platform transfer is available for some services. Stairs and lifts connect the two platform levels without need to return to the concourse. The station closes on the last train service and reopens on the first train service in the morning.

The station is served by eighteen to twenty-four trains per hour in each direction, with additional trains during weekday peak hours.

The services are:

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
Services towards Homebush and Campbelltown via Granville Trains operate the City Circle via Museum
Services towards Epping, Richmond and Emu Plains via Strathfield Some peak hour Blue Mountains Line services & peak hour services to Hornsby via Strathfield
Services towards Berowra via Gordon and Hornsby via Macquarie Park Some PM peak hour services extend to Wyong or Gosford
Services towards Cronulla and Waterfall Some peak hour South Coast Line intercity services
Services to Bondi Junction Some peak hour intercity services to Bondi Junction from the South Coast Line
Services towards Revesby and Macarthur via the Airport or Sydenham Trains start from Homebush, Glenfield, Campbelltown
Services towards Lidcombe and Liverpool via Sydenham and Bankstown

Bus services[edit]


QVB (Stand B):

QVB (Stand C):

  • 251 - to Lane Cove West - (Cope Street via Pacific Highway)
  • 252 - to Lane Cove West - (Cope Street via Freeway)
  • 253 - to Riverview - (Tambourine Bay Road via Pacific Highway)
  • 254 - to Riverview - (Tambourine Bay Road via Freeway)
  • 261 - to Lane Cove - (Longueville Road Lane Cove via North Sydney, Crows Nest, Northwood and Longueville)
  • 285 - to Lane Cove West - (Lane Cove Industrial, Mars Road)
  • 286 - to Denistone East - (Lovell Road and Colvin Crescent via Pacific Highway)
  • 288 - to Epping - (Interchange Set Down, Langston Place via Freeway)
  • 290 - to Epping - (Interchange Set Down, Langston Place via Pacific Highway)
  • 292 - to Marsfield - (Busaco Road Terminus via Freeway)
  • 293 - to Marsfield - (Busaco Road Terminus via Freeway and Lane Cove Tunnel)
  • 294 - to Epping - (Interchange Set Down,Langston Place via Freeway)
  • 297 - to Denistone East - (Lovell Road near Colvin Crescent via Freeway and Lane Cove Tunnel)

QVB (Stand D) :

Town Hall (Stand G):

Druitt Street (Stand H):

QVB (Stand I):

Bathurst Street (Stand J):

Park St (Stand K):

Town Hall NightRide Services (Stand G):[8]

Town Hall NightRide Services (George St West / Town Hall Steps):[8]


Track arrangement at Town Hall

Automatic signalling monitored remotely from Sydney Signal Box


  1. ^ Town Hall Station
  2. ^ "Old Sydney Burial Ground". City of Sydney. 
  3. ^ "Town Hall Surrounds". Sydney Town Hall. 
  4. ^ "Burial: Early Sydney cemeteries". Australian Museum. 
  5. ^ a b "The St James Railway Tunnels". Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "$2 million concept: New designs on stations", Matt Sun, MX, 6 April 2006, p. 4
  7. ^ "Town Hall Station upgrade" Railway Digest January 2015 pages 44-45
  8. ^ a b NightRide bus services Transport Info NSW

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