Engineering, Environment and Sustainability, Passenger Rail

EIS released for Bankstown Line’s Metro upgrade

Concept designs for major station upgrades on the Bankstown Line have been released by the NSW government, with expectations that passengers will be experiencing some of the changes by 2020.

The Environmental Impact Statement for the project just revealed also claims that upgrades will save commuters up to an hour each week.

While, currently, up to eight trains an hour run in the peak at major stations along the Bankstown Line, 15 trains an hour at all stations during the peak are expected when Metro Sydney services begin in 2024.

Stations at Dulwich Hill, Hurlstone Park, Canterbury and Wiley Park are to see train services tripled, according to the government.

“The Bankstown Line was built in the late 19th century for steam trains, now this growing area of Sydney will have a modern 21st century metro with fast, safe and reliable trains, with plenty of room to grow in the future,” state transport minister Andrew Constance said.

“Customers will have a new fully air-conditioned metro train every four minutes in the peak, delivering a new quality of railway service never before seen in Australia.”

The upgrades to the Bankstown line will include new station entrances and public plazas, with heritage station buildings to be incorporated into contemporary designs. A new concourse is also to be built at Dulwich Hill that will connect the Metro station to the Light Rail stop.

“Work starts from next year to make big improvements to the stations, including making them fully accessible, with all stations to have level access between the platform and trains,” premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

“Where a station upgrade like a new lift or new station entry can be opened early, we’ll deliver that as quickly as possible with these upgrades being opened progressively from 2020. You won’t need to wait until trains start running in 2024.”

However, the upgrades are to cause major disruptions for train-users in the South West: four annual scheduled maintenance closures will be established, while additional periodic closures will be scheduled at night and on weekends and school holidays.

Moreover, in the period before the opening of the Metro services in 2024 a closure of the line between three to six months will be implemented.

The EIS will be open for public feedback until 8 November, 2017.