Metro Station Development


In November 2015, NSW State Govt announced the Sydney Metro City and Southwest project - part of the wider Sydney Metro line.

The project will deliver new railway infrastructure for Sydney, including two new Metro stations in our area

  1.  Victoria Cross (North Sydney CBD) and
  2.  Crows Nest.

North Sydney Council is working to ensure that the arrival of this major new transport infrastructure generates the highest possible level of benefit to the North Sydney community, particularly in terms of the public domain, pedestrian safety and amenity, street life and economic activity. We're also working with TfNSW to ensure that local impacts during construction are minimised.


Heritage community day - Saturday 15 September 2018

The public is invited to meet the John Holland CPB Ghella (JHCPBG) team at their heritage community day on Saturday 15 September 2018 to learn about the history of Blues Point. Specialist archaeologists will be available to answer questions and show people some of the artefacts uncovered during recent heritage investigations.

Where: Blues Point temporary retrieval site (corner of Blues Point Road and Henry Lawson Avenue, McMahons Point).

When: Saturday 15 September 2018

Time: 11am – 2pm (there will be 15-minute ‘historic talks’ by archaeologists at 11am, 12noon and 1pm)

RSVP: Spaces are limited so please call 1800 171 386 or email before Thursday 13 September if you would like to attend and advise your preferred ‘historic talk’ session time.

In the event of wet weather, the open day will be postponed to a later date.

The community can register for the short 15-minute talks until the Thursday evening beforehand.


Environmental Impact Statement

The Sydney Metro City and Southwest - Chatswood to Sydenham Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was released on 11 May 2016:

View this newsletter summarising the purpose and content of the EIS (2MB).

Council has made a submission to the EIS exhibition process, which was endorsed by Council on 18 July 2016 (460KB).


Sydney Metro Planning Study - Crows Nest and North Sydney

In response to the State Government's 2015 Metro announcement, Council resolved to ensure that the built form, land use and public domain outcomes resulting from the Metro deliver the highest possible public benefit to the North Sydney community.

The Sydney Metro Planning Study has been prepared by Council to inform and guide on-going planning and design of the Metro sites and immediate surrounds. The Study condenses all relevant existing Council policy, identifies opportunities for improved public domain and land use outcomes, and establishes a set of principles to be applied to the ongoing planning and design of the Metro station sites. The Study also makes a number of recommendations for further detailed work to be undertaken to inform future Council decision making.

Council adopted the Planning Study at its meeting of 16 May 2016 in the CiS01 Sydney Metro Planning Study report and see the Minutes for the resolution of Council.  

A built-form addendum was adopted by Council at its meeting of 20 February 2017 in the CiS04 Sydney Metro Planning Study built form section (16MB).

The study can be viewed here: Metro Planning Study (15MB).

Council welcomes any comments or enquiries regarding the Planning Study or Sydney Metro project as it applies to the North Sydney LGA. Please contact Gavin McConnell of Strategic Planning on 9936 8100.


Central Laneways Masterplan

The Sydney Metro Planning Study recommended, among other things, that a masterplan be prepared for the small streets / laneways network to the east of the Victoria Cross Metro station location. The Study identified the need to ensure that the network can safely accommodate the expected increase in pedestrian activity, and also the opportunity for Council to pursue place-making initiatives that will help foster a unique destination within the North Sydney Centre.

The Central Laneways Masterplan, adopted on 18 July 2016, draws on existing policy and identifies key moves or opportunities within the precinct that will inform the on-going planning and design response to the Sydney Metro and other development within the precinct. The four key moves identified by the Masterplan are to: 

  1. Revisit 1 Denison Street Approval;
  2. Create a Pedestrian Priority Precinct;
  3. Implement Brett Whiteley Place Concept Plan; and
  4. Facilitate New Spaces and Activities.

View the Masterplan and report to council.


Crows Nest Placemaking and Principles Study

The Crows Nest Placemaking and Principles Study has been prepared by Council to inform Council’s input into the State Government’s strategic planning investigation of Crows Nest, St Leonards and the Artamon industrial areas. In July 2016, the State Government announced that it would undertake a 'Priority Precinct' investigation into the area and prepare a strategy to direct future development and infrastructure provision associated with the Metro station at Crows Nest.

The Study articulates the community’s aspirations for the area and proposes a suite of principles and character statements that encourage well designed new buildings that realise the potential of the new public transport infrastructure whilst contributing towards the activity, amenity and character of Crows Nest, St Leonards centre and surrounds.

Council on 5 December 2016 adopted the Crows Nest Placemaking and Principles Study.

Council welcomes any comments or enquiries regarding the Crows Nest Placemaking and Principles Study. Please contact Council's Strategic Planning department on 9936 8100.


Finding out More

Information about the Metro project is on the TfNSW Sydney Metro website

For the City and Southwest project:

For the Crows Nest station:

For the Victoria Cross station:

And for community engagement:

Sydney Metro began works in March 2017 on the Victoria Cross station in North Sydney, please check the approved Out of Hours works.


Council's Strategic Planning department is responsible for coordinating the planning, policy and design response to the Metro. Gavin McConnell, Executive Planner Metro Project can be contacted on 9936 8100.