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Australia’s train stations worst in world Sydney Central second last

Australia’s train stations are some of the worst on the planet, a new report on the world’s busiest rail hubs has revealed.

Sydney Central was ranked a dismal second last, followed by Chatswood Station, with Melbourne’s Southern Cross only a few places higher.

Martin Place Station fared slightly better, but overall Australia’s rail hubs are failing commuters and tourists, consultancy firm Arcadis found.

 

Australia’s train stations are some of the worst on the planet, a new report on the world’s busiest rail hubs has revealed (pictured is Sydney Central)

Sydney Central was ranked a dismal second last, followed by Chatswood Station, with Melbourne's Southern Cross (pictured) only a few places higher

Sydney Central was ranked a dismal second last, followed by Chatswood Station, with Melbourne’s Southern Cross (pictured) only a few places higher

Martin Place Station fared slightly better, but overall Australia's rail hubs are failing commuters and tourists, consultancy firm Arcadis found (pictured is Chatswood Station)

Martin Place Station fared slightly better, but overall Australia’s rail hubs are failing commuters and tourists, consultancy firm Arcadis found (pictured is Chatswood Station)

Vernon Daal from Arcadis said Brisbane's Roma Street station (pictured) was plagued by the same major problem as those in other major cities - isolation

Vernon Daal from Arcadis said Brisbane’s Roma Street station (pictured) was plagued by the same major problem as those in other major cities – isolation

Vernon Daal from Arcadis said Brisbane’s Roma Street station was plagued by the same major problem as those in other major cities – isolation.

Mr Daal said the nation’s stations suffer from poor connectivity, rank low on safety and security and have a long way to go to catch up to global leaders, News.com.au reported. 

‘The majority of our transit hubs are old and lack strong integration into the broader community,’ he said.

‘Central is isolated. If you look at it from above it’s either rails or streets. Roma Street is between the river and the park and that’s a huge challenge to connect them all.

New York's Grand Central Station (pictured) took the top spot, followed by Washington Union Station, Hong Kong HKU Station and Paris' Gare du Nord Train Station

New York’s Grand Central Station (pictured) took the top spot, followed by Washington Union Station, Hong Kong HKU Station and Paris’ Gare du Nord Train Station

Sydney Central was the worst of the Australian hubs, only coming in ahead of La Cisterna metro station in Santiago, Chile (pictured)

Sydney Central was the worst of the Australian hubs, only coming in ahead of La Cisterna metro station in Santiago, Chile (pictured)

‘Southern Cross is an interesting modern station and it works well on safety but it’s also disconnected with its surroundings and doesn’t provide many connections.’

Arcadis ranked 27 of the world’s busiest train stations, giving them a Mobility Oriented Development (MODe) score.

Cities were ranked on four key MODe indicators – Transit-hub Connectivity, Urban Environment, Social Placemaking and Economic Development.

New York’s Grand Central Station took the top spot, followed by Washington Union Station, Hong Kong HKU Station, Paris’ Gare du Nord Train Station and Rotterdam Central Station.

TOP TEN GLOBAL RAIL HUBS 

1. New York Grand Central Station

2. Washington Union Station

3. Hong Kong HKU Station

4. Paris Gare du Nord Train Station

5. Rotterdam Central Station

6. London Kings Cross/St Pancras

7. Madrid Principe Pio

8. Denver Union Station

9. Beijing Wangjing Station

10. São Paulo Pinheiros Metro Station 

Sydney Central was the worst of the Australian hubs, only coming in ahead of a metro station in Santiago, Chile.

The station received low rankings on public amenities, safety and security, hub facilities and business employment.

Chatwood performed slightly better, and Southern Cross was ranked 21st, ahead of two London stations and Los Angeles Union.

Martin Place was the highest ranked in Australia, coming in at number 13, thanks to high transit-hub connectivity and urban environment scores. 

Melbourne Southern Cross ranked best in the country for public amenities and public safety, and also did well on economic development.

While Sydney Central’s embarrassing ranking is cause for concern, the report noted a planned redevelopment could boost the station into the top ten.

‘Currently, more than 270,000 people use Central, the largest train station in NSW, daily. Over the next two decades, that figure is expected to reach 450,000,’ it stated.

‘The NSW Government is planning for a quantum leap in demand for Central’s role as a major rail interchange.

‘The plans involve transforming Australia’s busiest train station into a state-of-theart, future-proof transport node.’ 

While Sydney Central's (pictured) embarrassing ranking is cause for concern, the report noted a planned redevelopment could boost the station into the top ten

While Sydney Central’s (pictured) embarrassing ranking is cause for concern, the report noted a planned redevelopment could boost the station into the top ten

 

 

 



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