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
Coordinates -33.8736819,151.2047579
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
Construction
Structure type Underground
Major Interchange
Depth 6 metres (upper level)
12 metres (lower level)
Platform levels 2
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Status Staffed
Website Sydney Trains
History
Opened 28 February 1932
Electrified Yes
Services
Preceding station   Sydney Trains   Following station
towards Epping or Emu Plains or Richmond
T1
North Shore, Northern & Western Line
towards Hornsby or Berowra
T2
Airport, Inner West & South Line
towards Macarthur
Terminus
T3
Bankstown Line
towards Lidcombe or Liverpool
towards Waterfall or Cronulla
T4: Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
towards Wyong
Central Coast services
via North Shore
(peak hours only)
Terminus
South Coast Line
(peak hours and weekends only)

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

History[edit]

Platform 2 in 1932

The station is built on the site of Sydney's earliest colonial cemetery, the Old Sydney Burial Ground.[1][2][3] In 2008, part of this cemetery was being excavated from under the Town Hall.

The station opened on 28 February 1932.[4][5] 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.[6] 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.[6] This line was never built, and the platforms (4 and 5) remained disused until incorporated into the Eastern Suburbs line when it opened in June 1979.

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

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 nearby shopping centres including the Queen Victoria Building, The Galeries, Town Hall Square, Pavilion Plaza and, Woolworths Supermarket.

The new Sydney Metro line will include another station located at Pitt Street and is due to open in 2024.

Platforms & services[edit]

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1
services to Homebush, Leppington & Campbelltown [8]
2
services to Epping, Richmond & Emu Plains one morning NSW TrainLink service to Springwood[9]
3
services to Hornsby & Berowra via Chatswood evening peak hour NSW TrainLink services to Wyong[10][11]
4
services to Cronulla, Waterfall & Helensburgh [12]
services to Port Kembla & Kiama [13]
5
services to Bondi Junction [12]
services to Bondi Junction or Martin Place [13]
6
services to Kingsgrove, Revesby, Campbelltown & Macarthur [14]
Lidcombe & Liverpool via Bankstown [15]

Transport links[edit]

Town Hall station is served by bus routes operated by Forest Coach Lines, Hillsbus, Sydney Buses and Transdev NSW. {{columns-list|2|

Stand A, QVB:

  • 324 - to Watsons Bay via New South Head Rd
  • 325 - via Watsons Bay via Vaucluse

Stand B, QVB:


Stand C, QVB:

Stand F, Market Street

  • 441: to Art Gallery of New South Wales

Stand G, Park Street

  • 311: to Railway Square via Potts Point, Kings Cross and Darlinghurst
  • 324 - to Watsons Bay via New South Head Rd
  • 325 - via Watsons Bay via Vaucluse

Stand H, Park Street

  • 441: to Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • 500, 507, 515, 518, 520, M52: - to Circular Quay
  • 504, 506: to the Domain
  • M20: to Botany
  • M30: to Sydenham
  • M40: to Bondi Junction Station

Stand J, Park Street

  • 311: to Millers Point
  • 324 & 325: to Walsh Bay
  • 389: to Maritime Museum, Pyrmont

Stand K, Park Street

  • 500 & X00: to Top Ryde City
  • 502: to Bayview Park, Five Dock (PM peak only)
  • 504, X04: to Chiswick
  • 505: peak hour service to Woolwich
  • 506: to Macquarie University via East Ryde
  • 507: to Macquarie University via Putney, Meadowbank station & Top Ryde
  • 508: to Drummoyne Ave
  • 510: to Ryde Depot
  • 515, X15: to Eastwood Station
  • 518: to Macquarie University via Victoria Rd & Denistone East
  • 520: night time service to Parramatta via Victoria Rd
  • L37: peak PM service to Haberfield
  • M20: to Gore Hill via North Sydney & Pacific Hwy
  • M30: to Spit Junction, Mosman
  • M40: to Chatswood Station via Willoughby Road and Victoria Ave
  • M50: to Drummoyne Oval
  • M52: to Parramatta Station (limited stops) via Victoria Rd
  • X06: PM peak service to East Ryde
  • X18: PM peak service to Denistone East

Stand L, Druitt Street

  • 500 & X00: to Top Ryde City
  • 502: to Bayview Park, Five Dock (PM peak only)
  • 504, X04: to Chiswick
  • 505: peak hour service to Woolwich
  • 506: to Macquarie University via East Ryde
  • 507: to Macquarie University via Putney, Meadowbank station & Top Ryde
  • 508: to Drummoyne Ave
  • 510: to Ryde Depot
  • 515, X15: to Eastwood Station
  • 518: to Macquarie University via Victoria Rd & Denistone East
  • 520: night time service to Parramatta via Victoria Rd
  • L37: peak PM service to Haberfield
  • M52: to Parramatta Station (limited stops) via Victoria Rd
  • X06: PM peak service to East Ryde
  • X18: PM peak service to Denistone East

Trackplan[edit]

Track layout

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Old Sydney Burial Ground". City of Sydney. 
  2. ^ "Town Hall Surrounds". Sydney Town Hall. Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Burial: Early Sydney cemeteries". Australian Museum. 
  4. ^ Town Hall Station NSWrail.net
  5. ^ Town Hall Railway Station NSW Environment & Heritage
  6. ^ a b "The St James Railway Tunnels". Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Town Hall Station upgrade" Railway Digest January 2015 pages 44-45
  8. ^ "T2: Inner West & South line timetable" (PDF). Sydney Trains. 13 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "T1: Western line timetable" (PDF). Sydney Trains. 20 October 2013 [amended January 2015]. 
  10. ^ "T1: North Shore & Northern line timetable" (PDF). Sydney Trains. 20 October 2013 [amended February 2015]. 
  11. ^ "Central Coast & Newcastle line timetable" (PDF). NSW Trainlink. 5 January 2015. 
  12. ^ a b "T4: Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra line timetable" (PDF). Sydney Trains. 20 October 2013 [amended January 2015]. 
  13. ^ a b "South Coast line timetable" (PDF). NSW Trainlink. 20 October 2013 [amended February 2015]. 
  14. ^ "T2: Airport line timetable" (PDF). Sydney Trains. 20 October 2013 [amended January 2015]. 
  15. ^ "T3: Bankstown line timetable" (PDF). Sydney Trains. 20 October 2013 [amended January 2015]. 

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