|Town Hall railway Station|
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.
The station is built on the site of Sydney's earliest colonial cemetery. In 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 proposed 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.
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 ServicesEdit
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, the Inner West 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 lifts 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 eighteen to twenty-four trains per hour in each direction, with additional trains during weekday peak hours.