Customers will get more trains, faster travel times and easier access to stations when the Bankstown Line is upgraded to Sydney Metro standards.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance announced the formal planning process has started for the next part of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project, with a State Significant Infrastructure Application Report lodged today for the Sydenham to Bankstown upgrade.
“Thousands of people are now suffering a transport bottleneck on the Bankstown line. Metro will mean faster journeys, more trains and better connections for the south west,” Mr Constance said.
“Right now, there’s a train every eight minutes in the peak at major stations along the line, and just four trains an hour at the rest. With Metro, we’ll be running a train every 4 minutes in the peak at all stations, with plenty of room to grow in the future.”
“Better connections between home and work will save people precious time.”
Currently, about 36,000 people use the stations between Sydenham and Bankstown each weekday, with more than 4,000 of those changing trains to travel north of the Harbour Bridge.
Sydney Metro will cut travel times between Sydenham and Macquarie Park by at least 16 minutes, also cutting up to 11 minutes on the trip between Bankstown and Martin Place.
|Journey||Sydney Trains (minutes)||Sydney Metro (minutes)||Savings (minutes)|
|Bankstown to Central||Up to 36||26||Up to 10|
|Sydenham to Macquarie Park||45-51||29||At least 16|
|Bankstown to Martin Place||36-41||30||Up to 11|
*times take into account interchange between train services and current wait times.
Customers on the Bankstown line will have new and direct access to major CBD metro stations and beyond, including Martin Place, Pitt Street, Barangaroo, Victoria Cross in North Sydney, Chatswood and Macquarie Park.
“This metro upgrade means faster and direct access to places like North Sydney and Macquarie University for residents of Southwest Sydney,” Mr Constance said.
All 11 stations between Sydenham and Bankstown will be upgraded to modern standards with lifts, level platforms including screen doors for safety and increased security.
Transport for NSW has begun contacting a small number of affected property owners from Sydenham to Bankstown, the majority of which are commercial tenants.
Sydney Metro will take advantage of the four annual scheduled maintenance closures of the Bankstown Line to do upgrade work. Additional periodic closure will also be required and will be scheduled around quieter travel times like nights, weekends and school holidays to minimise impacts.
To complete the Sydenham to Bankstown upgrade, a closure of between three to six months will be required to do work that can only be done once Sydney Trains have stopped operating on the line. This closure will be just before metro services start in 2024.
Transport for NSW is working on temporary transport plans to help customers get where they need to go during these times.
Planning approval was received earlier this year for the Chatswood to Sydenham section of Sydney Metro, including the twin tunnels under Sydney Harbour. Construction starts this year, with the first of five tunnel boring machines in the ground by the end of next year.