Two new metro stations have been confirmed for Sydney’s Metro West line, which is expected to cut down travel times for those coming from the west into the city and vice-versa. One of the new stations will be located in Pyrmont, and the other on Hunter Street in the CBD.

The Hunter Street station will have entrances on the corner of Hunter and George streets, and the corner of Bligh and O’Connell streets, placing it close to Wynyard Station and the light rail to make ongoing journeys a breeze. Underground walkways will connect the Hunter Street station with the existing Wynyard and Martin Place stations, as well as the new Sydney Metro station at Martin Place. Hunter Street Station will be the fourth metro station in the CBD, with others at Martin Place, Pitt Street and Central.

Over in Pyrmont, the new station will be located between Pyrmont Bridge Road and Union Street, putting it near Pyrmont Bridge. The journey between Hunter Street and Pyrmont stations will take just two minutes.

Once the Metro West line is completed (slated for 2030), passengers will be able to travel from Parramatta to the CBD in around 20 minutes; it will double the current rail capacity between Greater Parramatta and Sydney CBD. Trips from Bondi Junction to Sydney Olympic Park will take just 27 minutes (down from 56 minutes now), and journeys from Burwood North to the new Victoria Cross metro station at North Sydney will take just 20 minutes, cutting 12 minutes off the same trip using current public transport options.

Other station locations that have been confirmed for the Metro West line are Westmead, Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, North Strathfield, Burwood North, Five Dock and The Bays (between Glebe Island and White Bay Power Station). The metro will be fully accessible, with lifts at stations and level access between trains and platforms.

Eleven commercial buildings in the CBD will be affected by the new station, including the Hunter Connection building and its food court, as will two commercial buildings in Pyrmont. Tunnelling is slated to begin by the end of 2022.

The Metro West line – which will run between Sydney CBD and Westmead – will be the last of Sydney’s new metro lines to be completed. The first stage of the Sydney Metro Northwest line opened in 2019, connecting Rouse Hill and Chatswood. Stage two, slated to open in 2024, will extend from Chatswood, through the CBD and to Central Station, then on to Sydenham, with the existing heavy rail line from Sydenham to Bankstown to be converted to a metro line.

And stage one of the Western Sydney Airport line is set to open in 2026, connecting Sydney’s new Aerotropolis precinct with the Western Sydney Airport, terminating in St Marys where it will join with the T1 Western Line heavy rail.

The Sydney Metro West Line is slated to for completion in 2030.