The newly-finished multi-million dollar upgrade of Harris Park train station is on-track to give the local community a major boost, boasting a brand new footbridge using perforated metal panels made by Arrow Metal.
The new enclosed pedestrian walkway features a futuristic geometric perforation pattern, created by Arrow Metal’s latest tooling machinery, for a modern, accessible passenger experience.
The statement footbridge, which combines hexagons and diamonds with custom tooled shapes, is a focal point of the station’s long-awaited renovation which is designed to make the station more user-friendly and easier for everyone to use.
Harris Park’s upgrade is part of Transport for NSW Transport Access Program, dedicated to providing a better experience for public transport customers by delivering an accessible, modern and secure integrated transport infrastructure.
Each of the upgraded or new station facilities would be constructed of a range of different materials, with a different palette for each architectural element.
Under the station proposal, materials and finishes were selected based on the criteria of durability, low maintenance, cost-effectiveness and aesthetics. Availability and constructability were also important to ensure the materials were readily available.
Arrow Metal precision perforated individual panels of 3mm aluminium sheet to create the footbridge cladding, delivering the panels within the project’s timescales and budget.
Upgrades to Harris Park station include lift access for the first time, ramps, the installation of tactiles for the visually-impaired, handrails and family accessible toilet facilities on the platforms.
The new station also features new lights, stairs, weather protection canopies, undercover bicycle racks and new security CCTV cameras.
Already heavily used by customers relying on train services to travel to the CBD, Penrith, Blacktown and employment Sydney’s south west, it’s anticipated daily trips at the newly-renovation station will increase from almost 3,500 to around 5,305 by 2036.