SYDNEY COACH TERMINAL EXCLUDED IN CENTRAL STATION UPGRADE
A NEW REGIONAL COACH TERMINAL at Sydney’s iconic Central Station is not part of redevelopment plans, according to a document by the NSW State Government released recently.
The Tourism and Transport Plan,
Supporting the Visitor Economy – which is now live online and part of the overall Future Transport 2056 initiative – does not commit to building a coach terminal any time soon, categorising it only as being “for investigation” sometime within the next 10 years.
According to Transport for NSW (TfNSW) the Tourism and Transport Plan is, “now finalised, setting out how the transport network can help achieve the NSW government target of $25 billion in regional overnight visitor expenditure by 2030, and grow tourism to achieve $55 billion in NSW through the same period.
WHAT’S GOING ON?
“In April last year, coach services were relocated to the Western Concourse. This improved connectivity for customers with a taxi rank, ‘kiss and ride’ drop-off area, easier access to NSW TrainLink facilities, ticketing services, better access to seating, toilets and refreshment options within the Grand Concourse.
“Renewal of the precinct has already started through initial improvements in and around Central Station with the delivery of Sydney Metro, including Central Walk, CBD and South East Light Rail projects.
“The NSW government is also looking to revitalise Central Station and the wider precinct, including new public spaces that are better connected to a multi-model transport interchange.”
Citing four areas of ‘customer outcomes’ that have helped shape the directives of the plan, such as: improved roads, signs and rest areas; first and last mile road network improvements for regional visitor destinations; and extending public transport services to support the night-time economy (Nightride buses) – it raises the issue of “making transport the attraction”.
Later, under a section entitled ‘Experiencing transport hubs’ it adds that: “Our transport hubs operate as gateways for visitors using our transport system. We are investing in our transport interchanges to improve the experience for all of our customers, including visitors.”
It adds that Central Station is a key transport hub in the NSW transport network.
In terms of which coaches might most benefit from a new regional coach terminal – thereby best promoting this type of transport mode to tourists – on July 1, 2013, NSW TrainLink replaced the regional train and coach services that were formerly provided by CountryLink. It also took on the Intercity services operating from the Sydney CBD,
When ABC magazine contacted TfNSW to clarify its position, a spokesperson responded:
“Transport for NSW is constantly seeking ways to improve services for customers.
“Transport for NSW is constantly seeking ways to improve services.”
formerly operated by CityRail (now known as Sydney Trains), it says.
Earlier this year NSW TrainLink started, “trialling new coach services to better connect regional communities.”
It states these services are designed to provide new or additional links between: Tamworth and Newcastle; Tamworth and Dubbo; Tamworth and Port Macquarie; Wagga Wagga and Albury; Wagga Wagga and Canberra; Goulburn and Sydney; Goulburn and Canberra; Brewarrina and Dubbo; Bourke and Dubbo; and Young and Sydney.
“Each trial aims to provide new connections for commuting, attending medical or business appointments, shopping, recreational activities and catching up with family and friends.”
Above: The $955 million Central Station transformation doesn’t include a new regional coach terminal.