One of BPN's supporters recently made this submission on the Bankstown Station modification:
21 ST. GEORGES CRESCENT, DRUMMOYNE, NSW, 2047
BANKSTOWN STATION MODIFICATION
MODIFICATION REPORT – MAY 2020
APPLICATION – SSI-8256-Mod-1
PROPONENT – SYDNEY METRO
f – MetroBtown5-20
Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
Submission No – SUB – 11529
In the Sydney press of 21 May 2020, a Sydney Metro display advertisement invited public submissions on a proposal to modify the design of an already-approved upgrade of Bankstown railway station to “Metro” standards. The closing date for submissions was 4 June 2020. This submission is in response to that advertisement.
1 – We query why it is planned to diverge the Metro tracks at their western end AT THIS POINT IN TIME. (The possible need to diverge the tracks for the extension of Metro at some future time is acknowledged). Keeping the tracks close together would provide a solution to Item 2....
2 – The circulation space for passengers at the western end of the Metro platforms appears to be grossly inadequate, at about 4 metres wide, for the contra-flowing streams of passengers leaving a just-terminated Metro train, and those persons attempting to approach the same train for boarding. Keeping the tracks close together would solve this problem by enabling a substantial widening of each Metro platform.
3 – In order to minimise travel times for Metro passengers, provision should be made for Metro passengers to enter and exit both Metro platforms at their eastern end. (Initial promotions for Sydney Metro, circa 2011, made much of the need to minimise door-to-door travel times in order to make Metro attractive. That ideal seems to have slipped off the policy agenda.)
4 – Passenger transfer between Metro and Sydney Trains' services would be greatly enhanced by the provision of a gate-free, “paid-area” over- or under-pass between the Metro platforms and Sydney Trains' platforms. It could substantially reduce pedestrian congestion in the public space connecting The Appian Way and Restwell Street
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21 St Georges Cres.
Drummoyne, NSW, 2047.
26 May 2020.