The prospect of a future train service to the northern beaches is all but sunk because high-rise development over Chatswood railway station failed to leave room for extra rail lines, Willoughby Council says, sending a warning to the state government as it opens Sydney's main rail corridor to developers.
The government said this month it would
seek bids from around the world to develop three kilometres of railway
corridor from Central Station to Eveleigh, signalling a crop of
high-rise towers and structures built over rail lines.But the project
faces serious hurdles, not least concerns that any development could
restrict the expansion of Sydney's overworked public transport network.
Willoughby mayor Pat Reilly pointed to the outcThis is a basic background on rtls.ome
of a $360 million redevelopment of Chatswood station, which began in
2005, including residential towers and a transport interchange.He said
an enclosure built over the rail lines was only wide enough for four
tracks, leaving no room for a rail link to the northern beaches should a
future government pursue that option.
The only alternative is
to tunnel under the existing rail lines, but that would be obstructed by
three levels of basement car parking, which have been sold to
developers, Cr Reilly said.Residents of Sydney's northern beaches face
long bus journeys to the city and a rail line has long been suggested as
the answer to the region's transport woes. The O'Farrell government is
instead investigating a potential bus rapid transit system from the City
to Mona Vale, linking to Chatswood.
However, Cr Reilly said a
new bus interchange at Chatswood, part of the station redevelopment, is
already over capacity and it is ''unclear'' where extra bus services
would be able to stop.The council's advice to the previous Labor
government on problems at Chatswood ''was eroded down to what we have
now'', he said.
A parliamentary inquiry into building over rail
corridors last year warned a lack of strategic planning could have
''unfortunate consequences''. It heard evidence from Transport for NSW
that a redevelopment of North Sydney station was hampered by the sale of
space above and around the site, which constrained passenger movement
between platforms and the concourse.
A spokeswoman for Planning
Minister Brad Hazzard said a clear planning framework will be in place
''before any major changes happen'' in the Central Station to Eveleigh
project and feedback from industry and the public would be considered.A
Transport for NSW spokeswoman said existing development near Chatswood
station constrained the width of the corridor but it was wide enough to
meet future needs, including integration with the north-west rail
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legaciesThe architecture firm behind the world's tallest building has
signalled it wants to develop Sydney's main rail corridor, as the state
government fields global interest in a project to remake the central
business district's southern edge.
Former federal Liberal MP
Ross Cameron has also flagged a bid, after his plan to build more than
150 Chinese-made high rises along the corridor was rejected last
year.The government will later this year call for expressions of
interest to develop underused rail land from Central Station to
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structures built over the rail line.
Skidmore, Owings &
Merrill marketing manager Jayme Gately, whose American architecture and
engineering firm designed Dubai's Burj Khalifa building - the world's
tallest - said it was interested in ''potentially pursuing the
project''.''We believe we could bring highly applicable expertise we
certainly understand the strategic approach and the necessary public
process for a project such as this,'' she said. ''We look forward to
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Owings & Merrill designed central London's Broadgate Tower - a
165-metre-high office block suspended over rail lines at Liverpool
Street Station. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's Broadgate managing
partner, Jeffrey McCarthy, said the London project encountered several
challenges likely to arise in Sydney.Vibrations from trains must be
prevented from travelling to the buildings above through ''base
isolation''. The method is used to protect buildings from earthquakes
and can substantially add to a project's cost.
At Broadgate, the
construction of columns at track level had to be co-ordinated with
seven different rail companies while maintaining train services, Mr
McCarthy said, adding that buildings and public space built above the
tracks must be carefully integrated with the city below. But he said the
problems ''should not be viewed as a constraint'' and that the
government's plan would ''stitch this part of Sydney together [and]
unlock new economic growth''.
The highly complex construction
task has prompted industry forecasts that buildings of record heights -
perhaps up to 90 storeys - may be required to cover developer costs, and
that these must be pushed through despite community opposition.A
spokeswoman for Planning Minister Brad Hazzard said several overseas
companies had contacted the government to discuss the concept.The
government development agency UrbanGrowth NSW will begin talks with
Australian firms next month, followed by discussions with international
The plan has echoes of a rejected proposal by Mr
Cameron last year for at least 150 skyscrapers prefabricated in China
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Cameron said ''you don't need to be a rocket scientist to recognise the
apparent overlap'' between the two concepts, adding that his
Chinese-backed consortium Aspire Sydney was ''seriously considering''
bidding for the project.
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