South West Rail Link

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The South West Rail Link is a NSW Government initiative to respond to issues of reliability and passenger growth on the metropolitan rail network and population growth in south-west Sydney.

The South West Rail Link includes a major upgrade of Glenfield Station and bus/rail interchange and a new twin track passenger rail line from Glenfield to Leppington via Edmondson Park. Construction of the South West Rail Link was completed in 2014.

Scope of works

The South West Rail Link includes:

  • a new 11.4-kilometre rail line from Glenfield to Leppington
  • two new stations located at Edmondson Park and Leppington, including commuter car parking
  • a train stabling facility at Rossmore
  • an upgrade of the existing Glenfield Station and bus/rail interchange, including new commuter car parking
    construction of Glenfield North and Glenfield South rail flyovers

Benefits

The South West Rail Link will:

  • provide essential infrastructure for the predicted future increases in population in Sydney's south-west, including the South West Growth Centre
  • improve access to public transport for the people of south-west Sydney, providing a link to major employment centres including Liverpool, Parramatta and the Sydney CBD
  • allow increased and more reliable train services
  • provide increased commuter car parking spaces
  • provide modern, safe and accessible stations and interchange facilities for rail commuters.

Status

The new South West Rail Link (SWRL) was opened to the public on 8 February 2015. The new Glenfield Transport Interchange and Glenfield Station were opened to the community on Sunday 23 September 2012. Major construction of the Glenfield to Leppington rail line component of the South West Rail Link commenced at the beginning of 2012 and works are 12 months ahead of schedule, with revenue services now commencing in 2015.

The Glenfield Junction northern flyover was built as part of the South West Rail Link project. The flyover was commissioned in early June 2014 and is helping to deliver a more efficient rail network for customers. The flyover separates T2 South Line services from T2 Airport Line services, reducing flow-on effects to other trains across the Sydney rail network if a service is delayed. Previously trains from the two lines had to take turns at Glenfield, slowing them down and creating a bottleneck whenever a train was delayed. The flyover now allows two trains to cross at the same time, one over the top of the other, meaning the network will flow much more effectively and predictably. Read more in the media release.

The clips below show the works undertaken in early June 2014.

  1. Track works undertaken during commissioning of the northern flyover
  2. Rail works undertaken during commissioning of the northern flyover
  3. A passenger train using the new northern flyover
  4. The view from the drivers cab of a passenger train using the new northern flyover

Information on track closedown works for the SWRL and Glenfield Transport Interchange are on the current works page.

A map overview is available in the SWRL at a Glance (pdf 3.5MB).

South West Rail Link Extension Public Transport Corridor Preservation.

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More information about the South West Rail Link project