‘Rail revolution’ announced for western Sydney

Transport Minister Andrew Constance, Seven Hills MP Mark Taylor and Sydney Trains Customer Area Manager Dimitri Hondros at the newly upgraded Pendle Hill station. Picture: Geoff Jones
Transport Minister Andrew Constance, Seven Hills MP Mark Taylor and Sydney Trains Customer Area Manager Dimitri Hondros at the newly upgraded Pendle Hill station. Picture: Geoff Jones

The state government on Tuesday announced a “rail revolution” for Sydney’s west, with 300 extra trains set to hit the tracks later this year.

Underpinning the new timetables will be an additional 250 express services between Parramatta and Sydney CBD, including 20 services during peak.

Stations further west will also see more regular trains.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the announcement was a “massive win for western Sydney”.

“We are making it more convenient for customers to travel between western Sydney, the inner west and Sydney’s CBD,” she said.

“By simplifying and modernising parts of the network we are able to achieve far better services for customers.”

Weekend and late night services between Penrith and Doonside will double under the plan, with a train arriving every 15 minutes.

Train services to and from western Sydney are expected to grow 20 per cent by early 2020.

Train services to and from western Sydney are expected to grow 20 per cent by early 2020.

By extending the T5 line to Richmond, trains will arrive every 10 minutes on weekends at Blacktown, Seven Hills, Westmead and Parramatta.

Seven Hills will also see a boost during the morning peak, with an extra four east-bound trains an hour – a service every four minutes.

St Marys and Mount Druitt commuters are set for a train every six minutes during the morning and afternoon peaks, while afternoon peak wait times at Rooty Hill and Doonside will halve. 

Stations on the T2 Inner West line will be directly linked to the T1 Western Line for the first time on weekdays by servicing stops including Harris Park, Granville, Clyde, Auburn and Lidcombe.

Transport Minister Andrew Constance said it was “critical” the government addressed the bulging western line, with services set to grow by 20 per cent by the early 2020s.

Mount Druitt station will get more frequent trains. Picture: Geoff Jones

Mount Druitt station will get more frequent trains. Picture: Geoff Jones

“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,” Mr 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.

“Today, we also unveil a refreshed network map so customers can begin to understand the changes ahead. They include the T2 Line extending to Parramatta and also to Leppington in the south-west.

“We’re also extending services on the T5 line to Leppington and Richmond, along with re-badging the Airport line to the T8 to distinguish this popular service for tourists and visitors.”