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 commenced at Glenfield in August 2009.

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 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 already 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 current construction activity is available for Glenfield Transport Interchange and Glenfield to Leppington Rail Line 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 Protection.

Slideshow Images (Links below display larger version of images:)
Construction on Glenfield Transport Interchange
Glenfield Station Pre-construction 2008
Construction continues at Glenfield Station
SWRL Northern Flyover
Contractors during the January 2011 Possession
Footbridge installed May 2011
Northern Flyover November 2011
Construction works commence on the Glenfield to Leppington Rail Corridor
Glenfield Station aerial view January 2012
Glenfield Junction February 2012
Glenfield Station February 2012
Southern flyover February 2012
Construction on southern flyover February 2012
Aerial view of Glenfield to Leppington Rail Line May 2012
Glenfield Transport Interchange May 2012
Glenfield Station opens for commuters, September 2012
Glenfield Station, October 2012
Construction on the Glenfield to Leppington Rail Line - October 2012
Glenfield to Leppington Rail Line aerial shot February 2013
Glenfield to Leppington Rail Line March 2013
Installation of track commenced at Rossmore Stabling Yard
Glenfield to Leppington Rail Line Aerial May 2013
Glenfield to Leppington aerial June 2013
Glenfield to Leppington aerial June 2013
Glenfield Station July 2013
Rossmore Stabling Yard
Rossmore Stabling Yard looking east to Leppington Station
Leppington Station 13 August 2013
Leppington Station 14 August 2013
South West Rail Link, September 2013
Leppington Station January 2014
South West Rail Link, January 2014
Aerial view of Leppington Station, February 2014
Edmondson Park Station
South West Rail Link, March 2014
Aerial view of Leppington Station, April 2014
Train travelling over the northern flyover
Aerial view of the northern flyover
Aerial close up of the northern flyover
Aerial view of Cowpasture Road Viaduct
Aerial view of the southern flyover looking towards Edmondson Park Station
Aerial view of Camden Valley Way looking towards Rossmore Stabling Yard
Aerial view of Leppington Station
Aerial view of Edmondson Park Station
Train travelling on the northern flyover
Rossmore Stabling Yard