A $39 million makeover of Mascot Station in Sydney is planned for completion by the end of next year, according to the NSW government.
In a statement released on Thursday, Transport NSW Chief Operations Officer Howard Collins said that the upgrade would impact traffic and pedestrian access to the station until the end of 2022.
“As with any major project, there will be disruption to the local community but we will be doing everything we can to reduce the impacts as much as possible,” Mr Collins said.
“Transport for NSW will keep the community and commuters informed, and continue to work with affected residents and businesses to support them during this time.”
One ambitious goal for the project is to increase services at Mascot during the morning peak by 80%, running trains from the station every three to four minutes. Currently the trains at Mascot run every six minutes.
The multi-million dollar station makeover will include a new entrance and exit for the western side of the station on Bourke Street, new ticket gates, escalators and a lift to the station’s concourse area.
A substation at Mascot, announced by the NSW government last May, will also contribute to the new station to improve services on the T8 Airport Line.
Transport and roads minister Andrew Constance said that the refresh would ease commuter crowding and congestion on the roads nearby the station.
“We’re pressing ahead with this important upgrade to ensure this busy transport hub can meet the needs of our customers now and into the future,” Constance said.
The works at Mascot are being funded as part of a $5.3 billion program called ‘More trains, more services’.