Blue Mountains to Redfern train services to return following customer feedback
Blue Mountains customers will enjoy direct connections to Redfern on some peak services following community feedback.
NSW TrainLink Acting Chief Executive Howard Collins said that while changes made for the timetable introduced in November 2017 were designed to benefit the majority of customers, feedback has been listened to, particularly from the University of Sydney.
“Currently, Blue Mountains Line customers can change trains at Parramatta, Strathfield or Central to travel to Redfern,” Mr Collins said.
“We’ve always said we’re listening to customers and open to tweaking the new timetable and reintroducing the stop is a perfect example.
“We understand it’s more convenient for some Blue Mountains services to stop at Redfern, so we’ve made the change for a number of key services,” he said.
Redfern will be added as a stop to three morning and three afternoon peak services:
- The 5:44 am from Mt Victoria to Sydney
- The 6:14 am from Mt Victoria to Sydney
- The 6:45 am from Mt Victoria to Sydney
- The 4:33pm from Sydney to Katoomba
- The 5:03 pm from Sydney to Katoomba
- The 5:33pm from Sydney to Mt Victoria
The changes will be implemented as soon as possible following briefing of operational staff.
Transport for NSW will monitor the safety and operational impact of adding Redfern stops to these Blue Mountains Line services.
Blue Mountains customers received an extra 25,000 extra seats every week and 24 new weekend express services under the November timetable changes, which introduced more than 1500 services across the network.
The changes also delivered faster trips during the week with up to 17 minutes shaved off the Central-Katoomba journey time on a new 8:50am eight-car Lithgow express service.
These improvements formed part of the NSW Government’s $1.5 billion More Trains More Services Program.