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Central railway station, Sydney

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Central is a heritage-listed railway station located in the centre of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The station is the largest and busiest railway station in Australia and serves as a major transport interchange for NSW TrainLink inter-city rail services, Sydney Trains commuter rail services, Sydney light rail services, bus services, and private coach transport services. The station is also known as Sydney Terminal (Platforms 1 to 12). The property was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.[2] It recorded 85.4 million passenger movements in 2018.

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Central railway station, pictured in 2017
General information
LocationEddy Avenue, Sydney, New South Wales
Coordinates33.8849°S 151.2052°E / -33.8849; 151.2052
Elevation20 metres (66 ft)
Owned byTransport Asset Holding Entity
  • 12 terminating
  • 10 through/island platforms
  • 2 underground
  • 2 unused
  • 2 under construction
Train operators
Central Chalmers Street
Structure typeGround & underground
Disabled accessYes
Other information
StatusStaffed (24 hours, 7 days/week)
WebsiteCentral station at
Opened5 August 1906; 116 years ago (1906-08-05)
201885.4 million
233,970 (daily)[1]
Preceding station Sydney Trains Following station
Redfern North Shore & Western Line Town Hall
toward Berowra
Redfern Inner West & Leppington Line Town Hall
(limited counter-clockwise service)
One-way operation
Redfern Bankstown Line Town Hall
(limited counter-clockwise service)
One-way operation
Redfern Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line Town Hall
Redfern Olympic Park Line
(special events only)
Via Sydenham (peak hour only)
toward Macarthur
Airport & South Line Museum
Green Square
Via Sydney Airport
toward Macarthur
toward Hornsby
Northern Line Town Hall
toward Gordon
Preceding station NSW TrainLink Following station
toward Lithgow
Blue Mountains Line
(weekday peak only)
toward Lithgow
Blue Mountains Line
toward Bathurst
Blue Mountains Line
(twice daily) Bathurst Bullet
Redfern Central Coast & Newcastle Line
(weekday peak only)
Strathfield Central Coast & Newcastle Line
Town Hall
toward Gosford or Wyong
Central Coast & Newcastle Line
(peak hour services via Gordon)
toward Kiama
South Coast Line
toward Kiama or Port Kembla
South Coast Line
(morning and evening services)
Town Hall
Glenfield Southern Highlands Line
(evening services)
Strathfield NSW TrainLink North Coast Line
toward Moree or Armidale
NSW TrainLink North Western Line
toward Broken Hill or Dubbo
NSW TrainLink Western Line
Campbelltown NSW TrainLink Southern Line
Preceding station Journey Beyond Following station
Mount Victoria
One-way operation
Indian Pacific Terminus
Broken Hill
towards East Perth
Future Metro service 2024
Preceding station Sydney Metro Following station
Pitt Street
toward Tallawong
M1 Metro North West Line Waterloo
toward Bankstown
Building details
General information
TypeRailway station terminus
Architectural styleFederation Free Classical
Completed1906 (1906)
Inaugurated4 August 1906 (1906-08-04)
Renovated1979 January 1915 (1915-1921-1979)
ClientNew South Wales Government Railways
Tip85.6 metres (281 ft) AHD
Technical details
Design and construction
Architect(s)Walter Liberty Vernon (1901-06)
Architecture firmNew South Wales Government Architect
DeveloperGovernment of New South Wales
EngineerHenry Deane (Engineer in Chief of the New South Wales Government Railways)
Services engineerJohn Bradfield (rail engineering)
Other designersFairfax & Roberts (clock tower)
Main contractorNSW Department of Public Works
Official nameSydney Terminal and Central Railway Stations Group; Central Railway; Central Station; Underbridges
TypeState heritage (complex / group)
Criteriaa., b., c., d., e., f., g.
Designated2 April 1999
Reference no.1255
TypeRailway Platform/ Station
CategoryTransport - Rail

Central station occupies a large city block separating Haymarket, Surry Hills and the central business district, bounded by Railway Square and Pitt Street in the west, Eddy Avenue in the north, Elizabeth Street in the east and the Devonshire Street Tunnel in the south. Parts of the station and marshalling yards extend as far south as Cleveland Street, and are located on the site of the former Devonshire Street Cemetery.