The Baird Government has spent $42.9 million to change the signs at Sydney’s train and ferry terminals in the last financial year alone.

Documents obtained by the NSW Opposition under FOI show the Government’s program to change signage across the network is now costing seven times more than the $6 million spent in 2013-14. 

Despite the significant costs, only 1888 way-finding signs have been installed at Sydney’s six busiest stations: Central, Circular Quay, Martin Place, Parramatta, Town Hall and Wynyard. 

Comparatively, 3030 signs have been removed at those stations. 

For the next 40 busiest stations across the Sydney Trains network just 1488 way-finding signs have been installed with 8776 planned for installation. 

Transport for NSW estimates that 10,000 signs will be or have been removed already. 

For the mode of transport identifying signs such as the ‘T’ symbol, only 359 have been installed across the Sydney Trains network. 

Despite the significant costs, Sydney Harbour wharves have had just 302 signs installed. 

The cost has been attributed to: 

  • Design, development and testing of signage elements for trains, buses, ferries and light rail;
  • Design, development and distribution of maps;
  • Customer research at Circular Quay, Martin Place, Milsons Point and Springwood;
  • Team resources; and
  • Installation and removals of signs. 

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Ryan Park 

“While the Baird Government is cutting down on security guards at Sydney’s train stations, they’re spending $42.9 million on new signs in one year alone.” 

“The Government is throwing away taxpayers money on vanity projects that don’t keep commuters safe or increase the frequency and reliability of our transport network.” 

“The Government needs to be held to account and focus on improving the transport system before rolling out fancy new signs.”