Andrew Constance announces 1500 extra weekly train services

On track: Minister Andrew Constances has announced 1500 more train services. Picture: Mick
On track: Minister Andrew Constances has announced 1500 more train services. Picture: Mick

More than 1500 extra weekly services will boost frequency and capacity for millions of commuters, the biggest single uplift to train services in a generation.

Minister Andrew Constance was in Parramatta on Thursday to release the operator draft train timetable so Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink staff can prepare customers for the changes.

New key highlights include:

*More than 1500 extra weekly services, including more than 750 on weekends.

*71 per cent of stations will now receive a minimum 15-minute service frequency across most of the day - a 43 per cent increase.

*South West Sydney to receive a 92 per cent increase in services, including Leppington and Edmondson Park

*A 22 per cent service uplift at Penrith Station.

*New fast services between Liverpool and the Sydney CBD on the T3 Bankstown line.

*More than 250 express trains every week between Parramatta and the Sydney CBD, including 20 express trains during peak hours.

*24 new express services between the Sydney CBD and the Blue Mountains on weekends.

*More than 160 new weekend T5 Cumberland Line services connecting South Western Sydney, Western Sydney and North West Sydney to expand services that currently run on weekdays only.

*Direct access on weekdays to Parramatta for Inner West customers for the first time.

*More than 200 extra weekly services on the T8 Airport and South Line in non-peak times, as well as an extra 20 express trains per week in peak hour for Campbelltown and Macarthur customers to the CBD via the T8 Airport and South Line.

“There has been unprecedented growth in customer demand for train services over the past few years and we’re expecting a further 21 per cent growth in demand for train services by 2021,” Mr Constance said.

More train services

“The changes are part of our ‘More Trains, More Services’ program, which will boost network capacity with more services, better infrastructure and 24 brand new eight-car trains.”

The final version of the timteable will be released in October with the timetable coming into operation in late November.

“We’ve released the Operator Draft of the timetable to help Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink get ready for this massive service uplift, but there may yet be tweaks to some service times,” Sydney Trains chief executive Howard Collins said

“The final customer timetable will be released with plenty of time for customers to plan their journeys before it kicks off. Customers can rest assured that leading up to day one we’ll have an extensive advertising campaign, along with plenty of information and announcements at stations across the network.”

A refreshed Sydney Trains network map was released earlier this month in anticipation of the introduction of the new timetable by the end of the year.