New South Wales
The proposal to redesign Bankstown Station as part of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest is the NSW Government acting in defiance of the Legislative Council Inquiry into the Sydenham to Bankstown conversion. The Inquiry report released on 9 April 2020 explicitly recommends that the Sydney Metro Southwest (Sydenham to Bankstown) project not proceed. The Parliamentary Inquiry also noted that the case for converting for Sydenham to Bankstown has not been properly made.
This proposal for Bankstown Station is also another missed opportunity to address community questions about future transport services for the west of Bankstown especially with the proposed extension of Metro Southwest to Liverpool. Simply put the design of Bankstown Station is incompatible with Sydney Trains (heavy rail) services and the Metro to Liverpool.
The NSW Government should explain its proposal to extend the Metro from Bankstown to Liverpool, and announce which properties will be acquired for the route. Unless the proposal is to acquire thousands of homes through Bankstown, Condell Park, Georges, Hall, Chipping Norton, Liverpool for an above ground Metro line, it's very likely that the Metro would be underground with a tunnel dive site west of Bankstown Station (likely resulting in the demolition of the Bankstown Arts Centre).
As Transport for NSW and Sydney Metro have ruled out the construction of an underground Bankstown Metro Station, the issue of how Bankstown can have both Sydney Trains (heavy rail) and Metro services to Liverpool in future must be answered. There is also the longer term question of allocating (underground) space for the Parramatta to Kogarah via Bankstown line.
The proposed overbridge between Appian Way and Restwell Street fails to adequately allow for future expansion of the station in housing 4 platforms (2 islands side by side). A 4 platformed Bankstown Station (in a widened rail corridor) would be required for Sydney Trains (heavy rail) to stop at the station and for Sydney Metro services to stop at the station before proceeding underground towards Liverpool. A Sydenham Station style cross platform track plan at Bankstown Station would be needed if Metro were to continue to Liverpool from Bankstown.
While north-south connectivity is enhanced in the Bankstown CBD, the proposal for an overbridge between Appian Way and Restwell Street is not future focused enough and would appear to be creating obstacles for future expansion of Bankstown Station. If the NSW Government is actually committed to providing Sydney Trains (heavy rail) services for commuters to Bankstown from Lidcombe, Berala, Regents Park, Sefton, Chester Hill, Leightonfield, Villawood, Carramar, Cabramatta, Warwick Farm, Liverpool, Birrong and Yagoona then the Department of Planning/Transport for NSW should first explain how it plans to extend the Metro from Bankstown to Liverpool.
The NSW Government is urged to prioritise investment in upgrading digital signalling across the Sydney Trains (heavy rail) Network instead of converting Sydenham to Bankstown into Metro Southwest, and to restore the Inner West Line (City to Liverpool via Regents Park and City to Bankstown via Regents Park).