Parramatta Station is a key station in the CityRail ‘Easy Access’ network, designed to create a transport system providing access for the mobility impaired. Escalators and lifts provide easy access between all four platforms, entry courts, the concourse and the retail subway.
The glazed entries to the station are a distinctive design feature with suspended light steel and curved glass canopies. The canopies provide weather protection for patrons as well as providing high levels of daylight in the subway. Within the station concourse the division of areas by a structural glass screen cantilevered from the floor creates an airy, visually open zone. This allows for the efficient operation of the railway functions, a high level of passenger security and an attractive retail environment.
Lifts enable mobility-impaired patrons to go from the entry court into the subway concourse; purchase tickets then gain access to the platform level via wide entry gates. The subway also links Valentine Square on the south and the bus interchange to the north.
The platform areas have also been upgraded to CityRail ‘Easy Access’ standards and incorporate directional and warning tactile tiles for the full length of the platform along with a tiled platform coping and yellow warning line.
The subway concourse comprises six new retail concessions, each with a full frameless glass shopfront, several opening full width onto the Concourse. The design is intended to create a shopping precinct equal in quality and finish to the retail centres nearby, to enhance patronage of the subway and the CityRail network.