Tuesday 22nd Aug, 2017

300 extra services for Western Sydney train lines

Crowding Sydney Trains. Photo: Transport for NSW
Photo: Transport for NSW

Sydney’s T1 Western Line and T2 Inner West Line are to receive more than 300 extra weekly services and improved connections, with the introduction of the new timetable later in the year responding to the ongoing growth in commuter demand on the city’s network.

More than 250 express trains each week are to be added between Parramatta and the CBD, while, for the first time, a direct link will be established between the Inner West and Parramatta on the T2 Line during weekdays.

Moreover, peak services to the CBD on the T2 Inner West line will see wait times diminish at many stations from 15 minutes to 6 minutes.

“We know that customers travelling longer distances want faster services and those closer in want to just turn up and go – we can achieve this,” state transport and infrastructure minister Andrew Constance said.

“These are the some of the busiest lines on the network. By simplifying the way the lines operate it will create additional capacity and reliability for customers.”

An updated network map was also unveiled, showing the extension of the T2 Line to Parramatta and Leppington, and of the T5 Line to Leppington and Richmond.

The T2 will service Harris Park, Granville, Clyde, Auburn, and Lidcombe during some periods the day, and morning peak services to the CBD will also be serviced by the T2 line. More Burwood services will also be provided along the T2 line.

Furthermore, Sydney CBD to Penrith services operating late at night will be doubled on the T1 Western Line.

“With total rail trips to and from Western Sydney set to grow by 20 per cent by the early 2020s, it’s critical we get on with it and act now,” Constance said.