Town Hall railway station, Sydney

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Town Hall railway station, Sydney

Town Hall railway station is the second-busiest railway station on the CityRail network (after Central station), located in Sydney, Australia. Located underground, it is situated in the Sydney central business district, under the street in front of the Sydney Town Hall, about 1.2 km north of Central.

History

The station is built on the site of Sydney's earliest colonial cemetery. As recently as 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. The other two platforms were built in preparation for a yet to be constructed western suburbs line from the city to Gladesville, as envisaged under the Bradfield scheme. This line was never built, and the platforms (4 and 5) remained disused until they were taken over for use for 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. Clyde Livingstone, a former Mayor of Burwood Council has been the Station Master since 1982.

Station configuration

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 an easy walk to the Galeries Victoria and World Square monorail stations, located in the shopping centre adjacent to the station. It is also linked to other shopping centres such as the Queen Victoria Building, Town Hall Square and the Pavilion Plaza.

Platforms and services

The station services the CityRail trains of several lines: the Northern Line, the North Shore, the Eastern Suburbs line and the lines served by the City Circle, namely the Bankstown Line, the Airport & East Hills Line, and the South Line. Some South Coast line services which originate from Bondi Junction service the station in peak hours. The station's configuration means that easy cross-platform transfer is available for some services. Stairs and elevators 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 sixteen to twentyone trains per hour each way, with additional trains during weekday peak hours.

The services are:

Bus services

QVB (Stand A):

QVB (Stand B):

  • 441 - to Birchgrove - (Grove Street Terminus)
  • 442 - to Balmain Wharf - (Darling Street near Balmain East Wharf)
  • 443 - to Australian National Maritime Museum
  • 448 - to Pyrmont Express

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)

Note that ONLY Pacific Highway services travel through North Sydney, Crows Nest and Artarmon. Freeway services do not travel that way. Also, Lane Cove Tunnel services DO NOT STOP at Lane Cove, they travel underneath it.

QVB (Stand D) :

  • 151 - to Mona Vale - (Darley Street near Mona Vale Bus Depot)
  • 169 - to Manly Wharf - (West Esplanade Stand B)
  • 178 - to Cromer - (South Creek Road near Cromer High School)
  • 179 - to War Veterans Home
  • 180 - to Collaroy Plateau - (Hall Avenue near Heather Street)
  • 184 - to Mona Vale - (Darley Street near Mona Vale Bus Depot)
  • 188 - to Avalon - (Barrenjoey Road near Avalon Parade)
  • 190 - to Palm Beach - (Ocean Place near Ocean Road)
  • 194 - to St Ives Chase - (Brigidine College)
  • 244 - to Chowder Bay - (Chowder Bay Road)
  • 245 - to Balmoral - (Balmoral Beach)
  • 247 - to Taronga Zoo - (The Esplanade Terminus)
  • 270 - to Terrey Hills - (Myoora and Booralie Roads)
  • L70 - to Terrey Hills - (Myoora and Booralie Roads) Limited Stops
  • 441 - to Art Gallery of NSW - (Boy Charlton Pool)
  • 594 - to North Turramurra
  • 594H - to Hornsby - (Hornsby Interchange)

Town Hall (Stand G):

  • M10 - to Leichhardt
  • M30 - to Sydenham
  • 412 - to Campsie
  • 413 - to Campsie
  • 431 - to Glebe Point
  • 433 - to Balmain
  • 436 - to Chiswick
  • 438 - to Abbotsford
  • L38 - to Abbotsford (Limited Stops)
  • 439 - to Mortlake
  • L39 - to Mortlake (Limited Stops)
  • 440 - to Rozelle
  • 461 - to Burwood
  • 470 - to Lilyfield
  • 480 - to Strathfield
  • 483 - to Strathfield
  • 501 - to West Ryde

Druitt Street (Stand H):

  • M50 - to Drummoyne
  • M52 - to Parramatta (Limited Stops)
  • L37 - to Haberfield
  • 500 - to Ryde
  • X00 - to Ryde (Express)
  • 502 - to Bayview Park
  • 504 - to Chiswick
  • X04 - to Chiswick (Express)
  • 505 - to Woolwich
  • 506 - to Macquarie University
  • X06 - to East Ryde (Express)
  • 507 - to Macquarie University
  • 508 - to Drummoyne
  • 510 - to Ryde Depot
  • 515 - to Eastwood
  • X15 - to Eastwood
  • 518 - to Macquarie University
  • X18 - to Denistone East
  • 520 - to Parramatta

QVB (Stand I):

  • M61 - to Castle Hill via Express via Lane Cove Tunnel, M2 & Baulkham Hills
  • 610 - to Rouse Hill Town Centre via M2, Baulkham Hills
  • 610X - to Rouse Hill Town Centre via Express via Lane Cove Tunnel, M2 & Baulkham Hills
  • 613 - to Bella Vista via M2
  • 613X - to Bella Vista via Express via Lane Cove Tunnel, M2
  • 614 - to Crestwood via M2, Northmead, Winston Hills
  • 614X - to Crestwood via Express via Lane Cove Tunnel, M2, Northmead, Winston Hills
  • 615 - to Riley T-Way Station via M2, Baulkham Hills, Kellyville
  • 615X - to Riley T-Way Station via Express via Lane Cove Tunnel, M2, Baulkham Hills, Kellyville
  • 616 - to Rouse Hill Town Centre via Glenwood, Stanhope Gardens
  • 616X - to Rouse Hill Town Centre via Express via Lane Cove Tunnel, Glenwood, Stanhope Gardens
  • 617X - to Rouse Hill Town Centre via Express via Lane Cove Tunnel, North-West T-Way, Beaumont Hills
  • 618 - to Norwest Business Park via M2, Baulkham Hills

Bathurst Street (Stand J):

  • 620 - to Dural via M2, Cherrybrook
  • 620X - to Dural via Express via Lane Cove Tunnel, M2, Cherrybrook
  • 621 - to Castle Hill via M2, Cherrybrook
  • 642 - to Dural-Round Corner via M2, David Road
  • 642X - to Dural-Round Corner via Express via Lane Cove Tunnel, M2, David Road
  • 650 - to West Pennant Hills via M2
  • 650X - to West Pennant Hills via Express via Lane Cove Tunnel, M2
  • 651 - to Castle Hill via Beecroft
  • 652X - to Knightsbridge via Express via Lane Cove Tunnel, M2, Rogans Hill

Park St (Stand K):

  • M10 - to Maroubra Junction
  • M20 - to Mascot
  • M40 - to Bondi Junction
  • M50 - to Coogee
  • 441 - to Art Gallery
  • 461 - to The Domain
  • 480 - to The Domain
  • 483 - to The Domain
Neighbouring stations

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