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The new Blue Mountains express

Commuters and tourists will have more express services, more seats and reduced travel times to popular Blue Mountains destinations following a major surge in demand.

The NSW Government’s ‘More Trains, More Services’ program will boost tourism and small business by transforming travel to the world heritage district with:

  • 24 new express services between Sydney and the Blue Mountains on weekends;
  • Dedicated 8-car express tourist trains to boost Blue Mountains tourism with around 20 minute cuts to return travel times;
  • More than 25,000 additional seats every week, including an extra 18,000 on weekends;
  • A new weekday Sydney – Lithgow return express service to increase capacity for customers travelling to and from the Blue Mountains on weekdays as well as improving journey times for regional coach customers who interchange at Lithgow on their way to and from Sydney.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance announced the service uplift would cater for rapidly increasing demand with more than a million visitors a year.

“We’re seeing the popularity of the train go through the roof so we’re adding capacity to both weekend and weekday Blue Mountains services,” Mr Constance said.

“The Blue Mountains are a huge domestic and international tourist drawcard with more than a million people seeing the sights and incredible local charm each year.”

  • In addition, the NSW Government will fast track some improvements in coming weeks by:
  • Doubling capacity on six current weekend Blue Mountains services from 4 to 8 carriages;

Providing more than 4,000 additional seats on weekends imminently

“We know many weekend trains are packed to the brim so we’re taking action right now, ahead of the new timetable due to be implemented late this year,” Mr Constance said.

“Late this year, we’ll then introduce more 8-car express tourist trains that will get to popular destinations like Leura, Wentworth Falls and Katoomba faster.

Journey New duration Time saving (return trip)
Central to Katoomba 2 hours (approximately) 19 minutes
Parramatta to Katoomba 90 minutes (approximately) 17 minutes

On weekends, a journey on an express service between Sydney and Katoomba will take around two hours, saving almost 20 minutes on a return trip while a return trip from Parramatta to Katoomba will take about 90 minutes, saving more than 15 minutes.

A new weekday Sydney- Lithgow return express train will also better service regional customers who interchange at Lithgow on their way to and from Sydney. The morning Sydney to Lithgow express service will connect at Lithgow with coaches heading to Bathurst and Orange while the return Lithgow to Sydney service will connect with coaches arriving from destinations like Nyngan, Dubbo, Wellington, Molong, Orange, Lucknow and Bathurst.

This is the next step in the ‘More Trains, More Services’ program – a capital investment of over $1.5 billion to provide an urgent uplift in customer service on greater Sydney’s rail network.

Further announcements will be made in due course in relation to other parts of the program that will boost services across the rest of the rail network.

Last updated: 31 May 2017