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Abandoned Sydney train station platforms to be turned into bars, restaurants and shops 

Fancy a beer in a railway tunnel? Abandoned Sydney train station platforms are to be turned into bars, restaurants and shops

  • Hidden train tunnels in central Sydney will be transformed under a new proposal 
  • The NSW Government wants to restaurants and bars in the underground space
  • The transformed tunnels and platforms at St James Station will rival overseas

Dark and grim abandoned tunnels in central Sydney are set to be transformed into a thriving and trendy restaurant and retail space.

The proposal, announced by the New South Wales Government on Monday, will breathe new life into the forgotten network.

The tunnels and platforms at St James Station will rival the likes of New York and London once the 6000 square metre space has been remodelled, Transport Minister Andrew Constance told Fairfax.

The proposal, announced by the New South Wales Government on Monday, will breathe new life into the forgotten network

The government is on the hunt for interested parties to change the ‘blank canvas’ into a home for bars, restaurants and retail spaces.

It would be a tourist drawcard, Mr Constance said.

‘The time is right to open it up, the time is right to say no longer is this going to be a hidden part of our history.’

He said spaces like St James tunnel were rare.

He said that around the world, hidden spaces were being converted into unique experiences and they want St James Station to be part of that.

A door between platforms one and two at St James station leads to a hidden space ready to be transformed 

A door between platforms one and two at St James station leads to a hidden space ready to be transformed 

The unused tunnels between platforms one and two have never been used.

It was built in the 1920s and modified into air raid shelters during World War II, plans to extend the train service to the northern beaches were halted during the Great Depression.

The government is on the hunt for people to help transform the tunnels beneath Hyde Park and through the Cahill Expressway entrance off Macquarie Street.

The proposal is hoped to be finalised in 12 months.  

The tunnels and platforms at St James Station will rival the likes of New York and London once the 6000 square metre space has been remodelled

The tunnels and platforms at St James Station will rival the likes of New York and London once the 6000 square metre space has been remodelled

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