Opening the Stanmore commons to make space for people, businesses, and cooling greenery.
The Sydney Metro Sydenham to Bankstown conversion will see a train stopping at Stanmore:
- every 3 minutes in peak-hours,
- every 8 minutes off-peak,
- currently waiting time is at least 15 minutes.
A protected cycleway will soon be installed on Gordon Crescent and Railway Avenue connecting Petersham to the universities, CBD, and beyond.
These changes will make Stanmore an accessible location for the western corridor.
These changes transform the 1950’s car-centric design focused on through-traffic, into an attractive human-centric commons:
- An accessible exit at the eastern end of Stanmore station. This crossing will be open to the public to create both an accessible and cycle-friendly path across the railway.
- Multiple exits from the train station will create porous infrastructure, increase station catchment, and thus increase patronage.
- An increased in space for outdoor seating of over 1,500 m2 with increased car parking.
- Replacing asphalt and concrete with grass and trees to reduce the severe urban heat-island.
- A safe 30 km/h speed limit will decrease noise pollution, increase pedestrian safety, increase attractiveness, and achieve Vision Zero.
- These lower speeds allow noisy speed bumps to be removed.
- Chicanes on Trafalgar St will increase visibility and slow traffic crossing the station’s exits.
- Closing Halt St will prevent traffic from turning across the station’s southern exit and protect pedestrians exiting the station. It will also discourage traffic around the Primary Schools.
- Increased passive surveillance and human-scale lighting design will increase safety for women using the station.
From my submission to the Sydney Public Space Ideas Competition