Neither were Kings Cross, St James, Wynyard, Martin Place, Town Hall, along with other train stations in the Central Business District…
Anyone who’s ever lived in Sydney would most certainly have stepped foot onto the central railway station. But did you know that “Central” station is not considered as a standalone Sydney suburb? In fact, the name has nothing to do with the area it was built in, Haymarket. A sydney CBD suburb that shares the same postcode of 2000 with nearby areas such as Millers Point, Dawes Point, The Rocks etc.
So why not just use the name Haymarket station?
Since every other suburban towns such as Beverly Hills has a train station named after the suburb itself. What makes this train stop so special that it has to use a different name?
Perhaps this is a question you’ll need to ask the transport minister of NSW to find out.
What we do know is that the central train station is the MAIN STOP in Sydney. It provides day and night public train services to ALL train lines throughout the capital city, whether you’re living in the north, south, east or west suburbs.
Address: Eddy Avenue, Haymarket NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9379 1777
As the largest train station in the capital city, Central station has a total of 27 platforms (2 unused) with access to 30 railway tracks that connects almost the entire Sydney, as well as some of the outer regions in NSW.
Central Train Line Services:
- T1 North Shore Line (North Sydney, Chatswood, Pymble, Berowra)
- T1 Northern Line (Chatswood, West Ryde, Rhodes, Epping, Hornsby)
- T1 Western Line (Burwood, Strathfield, Parramatta, Blacktown, Penrith)
- T2 Airport Line (Domestic Airport, International Airport, Riverwood, Campbelltown)
- T2 Inner West & South Line (Newtown, Ashfield, Homebush, Merrylands, Liverpool)
- T3 Bankstown Line (Marrickville, Bankstown, Lidcombe, Liverpool)
- T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line (Bondi Junction, Rockdale, Hurstville, Sutherland, Cronulla)
- Blue Mountains Line (Parramatta, Blacktown, Springwood, Wentworth Falls, Bathurst)
- Central Coast & Newcastle Line (Eastwood, Hornsby, Woy Woy, Gosford, Wyong, Kotara)
- South Coast Line (Waterfall, Bulli, Woolongong, Port Kembla, Albion Park, Kiama)
- Southern Highlands Line (Macarthur, Picton, Mittagong, Bowral, Moss Vale, Goulburn)
As you can see from above, the Sydney central station acts as the central hub where travellers can change lines and get to other places via different platforms. However, there are 4 train lines that currently do not go pass central.
Train lines that DON’T stop in central:
- T5 Cumberland Line (Campbelltown, Liverpool, Guildford, Wentworthville, Seven Hills, Schofields)
- T6 Carlingford Line (Clyde, Rosehill, Rydalmere, Telopea, Carlingford – train can be caught from Central to Clyde)
- T7 Olympic Park Line (Sydney Olympic Park, Lidcombe)
- Hunter Line (Scone, Singleton, Maitland, Beresfield, Hamilton, Newcastle)
Don’t let the name fool you!
So the next time you’re planning a day out with friends, instead of telling them to meet in Central, make sure they know you’re talking about the rail station. Otherwise if they type in the word “central” into their GPS, chances are they are NOT going to find this suburb because it simply doesn’t exist!
And guess what?
The same can be said to many other train stations in the city CBD. Yes! Almost none of them were named after the suburb they’re located in. Here are a few more examples for you:
- Kings Cross Station (Named after a famous intersection near the city) – Suburb: Potts Point NSW 2011
- St James Station (Named after a nearby church) – Suburb: Sydney NSW 2000
- Wynyard Station (Named after a nearby park) – Suburb: Sydney NSW 2000
- Museum Station (Named after a museum in Hyde Park) – Suburb: Sydney NSW 2000
- Martin Place Station (Named after a famous street mall) – Suburb: Sydney NSW 2000
- Town Hall Station (Named after a town hall built above the station) – Suburb: Sydney NSW 2000
If you have a look at the list above, the last five stations are all located inside the same suburb, Sydney (in other words, the main CBD). Along with the central station, they all form part of what’s known as the city cirle that provides underground train services throughout the area.
Supposedly, we can’t really give them the same name of “Sydney Station”, it’ll be too confusing. This is perhaps their way of separating the different parts of the region and a job well done indeed.
The only thing left is that the next time you’re planning to meet someone in the city, no matter if it’s your friends or families, just try TRY to be a “little” more specific please…