Town Hall railway station, Sydney


Town Hall railway station, Sydney

Cityrail Station alt|station_name=Town Hall|



servicearea=Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line|servicearea_color=#Illawarra line colour|servicearea_textcolor=white
servicearea2=Bankstown Line|servicearea_color2=#Bankstown line colour|servicearea_textcolor2=white
servicearea3=Inner West Line|servicearea_color3=#Inner West line colour|servicearea_textcolor3=white
servicearea4=Airport & East Hills Line|servicearea_color4=#East Hills line colour|servicearea_textcolor4=white
servicearea5=South Line|servicearea_color5=#South line colour|servicearea_textcolor5=black
servicearea6=North Shore Line|servicearea_color6=#North Shore line colour|servicearea_textcolor6=black
servicearea7=Northern Line|servicearea_color7=#Northern line colour|servicearea_textcolor7white
code=THL|suburb=Sydney|street=George St
Bathurst St
Park St|distance=1.18|altitude=12 (upper level)
6 (lower level)|traintype=Suburban all stops
Suburban limited stops
Intercity (peak hour)|platforms=6|tracks=6|platform_arr=2 island
2 side|stationtype=Underground|gates=Yes|connect=Train
Bus
Monorail|disabled=Yes|facilities= [http://www.cityrail.info/facilities/facilities.jsp?n=275&giveOutput=true&facility= Link]

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 opened on 28 February 1932, although originally only four of the platforms were in use. The final two platforms (now platforms 4 & 5) came into use when the Eastern Suburbs Line was opened on 23 June 1979.The Station 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. ["$2 million concept: New designs on stations", Matt Sun, MX, April 6, 2006, p. 4] Clyde Livingstone,a former Mayor of Burwood Council has been the Station Master since 1982.

tation 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 & 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 Shopping Centre.

Platforms/Service

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.

Upper Level:

Platform 1: (cross-platform transfer to Platform 2)
*Inner west line alt - all stations and limited stops services to Ashfield, Cabramatta and Liverpool via Regent's Park.
*South line alt - all stations and limited stops services to Glenfield and Campbelltown via Granville.
*East hills line alt - all stations services around the City Circle (anticlockwise: to Central).
*Bankstown line alt - all stations services around the City Circle (anticlockwise: to Central).

Platform 2: (cross-platform transfer to Platform 1)
*Northern line alt - all stations and limited stops services to Eastwood and Hornsby.
*North shore line alt - all stations and limited stops services to Central, then Blacktown, Riverstone, Richmond, Penrith and Emu Plains via the Western line alt.
*Blue mountains line alt - peak hour intercity services to Springwood.

Platform 3:
*Northern line alt - all stations services to North Sydney.
*North shore line alt - all stations services to Lindfield, Gordon, Hornsby and Berowra; peak hour intercity services to Gosford and Wyong via the North shore line alt.

Lower Level:

Platform 4:
*Illawarra line alt - all stations and limited stops services to Hurstville, Mortdale, Sutherland, Cronulla, and Waterfall.
*South coast line alt - peak hour intercity services to Thirroul, Wollongong and Port Kembla.

Platform 5: (cross-platform transfer to Platform 6)
*Illawarra line alt - all stations services to Bondi Junction.
*South coast line alt - peak hour intercity services to Bondi Junction (from Thirroul and Port Kembla).

Platform 6: (cross-platform transfer to Platform 5)
*Inner west line alt - all stations services around the City Circle (clockwise: next stop Wynyard).
*South line alt - all stations services around the City Circle (clockwise: next stop Wynyard).
*Bankstown line alt - all stations services to Bankstown, Lidcombe and Liverpool via the City Circle (clockwise: next stop Wynyard) and Sydenham.
*East hills line alt - all stations and limited stops services to Kingsgrove, Glenfield, Campbelltown and Macarthur via the City Circle (clockwise: next stop Wynyard) and the Airport; peak hour express services to Campbelltown and Macarthur via the City Circle(clockwise: next stop Wynyard) and East Hills.

Bus Services

Beyond the railway station is the Sydney Buses Queen Victoria Building terminus. A large number of Sydney Buses services originate from this stop. They are:

Stand A:

*461 - to Burwood - (Railway Parade near Burwood Plaza).
*480 - to Strathfield station - (Albert Road - South Side).
*483 - to Strathfield station - (Albert Road - South Side).

Stand B:

*441 - to Birchgrove - (Grove Street Terminus).
*442 - to Balmain Wharf - (Darling Street near Balmain East Wharf).
*443 - to Australian National Maritime Museum.

Stand C:

*251 - to Lane Cove West - (Mars Road Terminus).
*252 - to Lane Cove West - (Cope Street).
*253 - to Lane Cove West - (Ross Smith Pde &Matthews Avenue).
*254 - to Lane Cove West - (Cope Street).
*261 - to Chatswood - (Railway Street nr Chatswood station).
*286 - to Denistone East - (Lovell Road &Colvin Cr).
*288 - to Epping Interchange Set Down.
*289 - to Epping - (Langston Pl).
*290 - to Epping - (Langston Pl).
*291 - to Epping - (Langston Pl).
*292 - to Marsfield - (Busaco Road Terminus).
*293 - to Marsfield - (Busaco Road Terminus).
*294 - to Epping - (Langston Pl).
*297 - to Denistone East - (Lovell Road near Colvin Cr).

Stand D:

*151 - to Mona Vale - (Darley Street near Mona Vale Bus Depot).
*169 - to Manly Wharf - (West Esplanade Stand B).
*175 - to Brookvale - (Pittwater Rd Nr Bus Depot).
*178 - to Cromer - (South Creek Road near Cromer High School).
*180 - to Collaroy Plateau - (Hall Avenue near Heather Street).
*183 - to North Narrabeen - (Namona Street near Oak Street).
*184 - to Mona Vale - (Darley Street near Mona Vale Bus Depot).
*188 - to Avalon - (Barrenjoey Road near Avalon Pde).
*190 - to Palm Beach - (Ocean Pl near Ocean Road).
*194 - to St Ives Chase - (Brigidine College).
*244 - to Chowder Bay - (Chowder Bay Road).
*246 - to Mosman - (The Grove near Edwards Bay Road).
*247 - to Taronga Zoo - (The Esplanade Terminus).
*249 - to Beauty Point - (Pearl Bay Road Terminus).
*270 - to Terrey Hills - (Myoora & Booralie Roads).
*441 - to Art Gallery of NSW - (Boy Charlton Pool).

Along with the Sydney Buses services, Hillsbus also operate services to the Hills District via the M2, from the Queen Victoria Building. They are:

*610 - to - Castle Hill and Rouse Hill via Epping Rd
*610X - to - Castle Hill and Rouse Hill via Lane Cove Tunnel (some peak hour trips terminate at Green Rd, Tuckwell Rd and Castle Towers, Castle Hill)
*613 - to - Bella Vista (Norwest Bvd) via Old Windsor Rd and Epping Rd
*614 - to - Bella Vista (Barina Downs Rd) via Baulkham Hills, Winston Hills, Northmead, North Rocks and Epping Rd
*614X - to - Bella Vista (Barina Downs Rd) via Baulkham Hills, Winston Hills, Northmead, North Rocks and Lane Cove Tunnel
*615 - to - Riley T-Way Station, Newbury via Kellyville, Windsor Rd Baulkham Hills, and Epping Rd
*615X - to - Riley T-Way Station, Newbury via Kellyville, Windsor Rd Baulkham Hills, and Lane Cove Tunnel
*616 - to - Stanhope Gardens and Rouse Hill via Epping Rd and Glenwood
*616X - to - Stanhope Gardens and Rouse Hill via Lane Cove Tunnel and Glenwood
*617X - to - Rouse Hill via Lane Cove Tunnel and North-West T-Way
*619 - to - Macquarie Park and Castle Hill via Epping Rd
*620 - to - Dural via New Line Rd, Cherrybrook, Cardinal Ave and Epping Rd
*620X - to - Dural via New Line Rd, Cherrybrook, Cardinal Ave and Lane Cove Tunnel
*642 - to - Round Corner via David Rd, John Rd, Castle Hill Rd, West Pennant Hills Valley, Glenhaven and Epping Rd
*642X - to - Round Corner via David Rd, John Rd, Castle Hill Rd, West Pennant Hills Valley, Glenhaven and Lane Cove Tunnel
*650 - to - West Pennant Hills Valley via Highs Rd, Blacks Rd and Epping Rd
*652X - to - West Pennant Hills Valley via HIghs Rd and Lane Cove Tunnel
*654 - to - Round Corner via David Rd, West Pennant Hills Valley, Glenhaven and Epping Rd

Gallery

Neighbouring stations

Notes

External links

* [http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/town-hall-upgrade-superficial-opposition-says/2005/06/16/1118869048083.html SMH Town Hall upgrade Article]
* [http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/danger-station-right-off-the-rails/2007/05/14/1178995079797.html SMH Town Hall upgrade Article 2007]
* [http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2008/05/16/1210765174074.html|"'SMH'" Overcrowding article]
* [http://www.smh.com.au/text/articles/2008/05/12/1210444334550.html] Another "'SMH'" Overcrowding article]

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