Olympic Park railway station, Sydney

Olympic Park railway station is located on the Olympic Park line, serving the Sydney suburb of Sydney Olympic Park. It is served by Sydney Trains T7 Olympic Park Line services.

Olympic Park
Sydney Olympic Park Railway Station.jpg
Station front in June 2008
LocationMurray Rose Avenue, Sydney Olympic Park
Coordinates33°50′48″S 151°04′10″E / 33.84663056°S 151.0694833°E / -33.84663056; 151.0694833Coordinates: 33°50′48″S 151°04′10″E / 33.84663056°S 151.0694833°E / -33.84663056; 151.0694833
Owned byTransport Asset Holding Entity
Operated bySydney Trains
Line(s)Olympic Park
Distance17.33 kilometres from Central
Platforms4 (2 side, 1 island)
Tracks2
ConnectionsBus
Construction
Structure typeGround
Disabled accessYes
Other information
StatusStaffed
Station codeOLP
WebsiteTransport for NSW
History
Opened8 March 1998
ElectrifiedYes
Passengers
20132,600 (daily)[1] (Sydney Trains, NSW TrainLink)
Rank95
Services
Preceding station TfNSW T.png Sydney Trains Following station
Lidcombe
Terminus
TfNSW T7.svg Olympic Park Line
Shuttle services
Terminus
Strathfield
toward Central
TfNSW T7.svg Olympic Park Line
Major event services

HistoryEdit

Olympic Park station is now the only station functioning on the Olympic Park railway line, originally built as the Abattoirs Branch line to serve the state abattoirs and associated sale yards located in the area that is now Sydney Olympic Park. The line closed in stages in 1984 and 1995 when these facilities moved out of the area. After the last passenger service on the line was withdrawn in 1995, the line was rebuilt and realigned in places to serve the new stadiums and sports grounds that were being built for the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Olympic Park station opened in 1998 at the same time as the new Sydney Showground nearby, which is used each year for the Sydney Royal Easter Show. As well as Easter Show attendees, the station was designed to support large crowds travelling to and from the stadiums and sports grounds in Olympic Park.

After the 2000 Olympic Games, most of the sporting facilities were retained and adapted to recreational, entertainment and domestic competition uses. The Easter Show also continues to draw large crowds each year. In addition, the Sydney Olympic Park area has seen high density residential developments, as well as the development of hotels, offices and shops. As a result, in addition to transporting crowds attending sporting and other events, Olympic Park station now also fulfils a workday commuter role.

Design and constructionEdit

The design of the station by Hassell has been critically acclaimed by many. It has won the 1998 BHP Colorbond Award for innovative use of steel architecture, and the 1998 Sir John Sulman Medal, from the Royal Australian Institute of Architects.[2] It was built by Leighton Contractors.[3] It was opened by Premier of New South Wales Bob Carr on 8 March 1998.[4]

The station is located on a single track balloon loop spur line, but the station itself has 2 tracks and 4 platform faces. Ordinarily, the centre island platform is used for both boarding and alighting, but this changes when the station is operating in major event mode. In this mode, the centre island platform is used by alighting passengers and the two side platforms are brought into use for boarding passengers.

Platforms and servicesEdit

 
Track layout
Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1 major event services to Central (pick up only)[5] used only during major events
2 major event services from Central (set down only)[5] used mainly during major events
3
4

During special events such as the Sydney Royal Easter Show, special services to/from Lidcombe, Blacktown, Schofields & Penrith on the T1 North Shore & Western Line and Leppington on the T2 Inner West & Leppington Line, may operate to/from any of the four platforms.[7]

Transport linksEdit

State Transit operates two routes via Olympic Park station:

Transit Systems operates one route via Olympic Park station:

The station will provide a future interchange with the Parramatta Light Rail.[11]

Sydney Olympic Park metro station will be located to the north of the current station and is planned to open in the late 2020s.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bureau of Transport Statistics. "Train Statistics 2014" (PDF). Transport NSW. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Sydney Olympic Park Awards". Sydney Olympic Park. Archived from the original on 8 February 2007. Retrieved 22 April 2007.
  3. ^ Olympic Park Station Leighton Contractors
  4. ^ "Olympic Park Officially Opened & Rail Services Commence" Railway Digest April 1998 page 7
  5. ^ a b Getting to Sydney Olympic Park Transport for NSW
  6. ^ "T7: Olympic Park line timetable". Transport for NSW.
  7. ^ Sydney Royal Easter Show 2021 Transport for NSW
  8. ^ "State Transit route 525". Transport for NSW.
  9. ^ "State Transit route 533". Transport for NSW.
  10. ^ "Transit Systems route 526". Transport for NSW.
  11. ^ "Parramatta Light Rail". Transport for NSW. 23 July 2018. Retrieved 18 August 2019.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Olympic Park railway station at Wikimedia Commons