More room to move on South Coast trains
The NSW Government is doubling the number of carriages on the South Coast Line’s busiest four-car services.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance today confirmed that from January, the enormously popular 3:24pm and 3:54pm from Central will be converted from four carriages to eight.
“We’ve listened to the community. In recent years, travel patterns have changed, especially for people who live on the South Coast but work or study in the city,” Mr Constance said.
“There is a growing preference among people in flexible work environments to start and finish earlier in order to be home in time to spend quality family and community time.
“The upshot is that journeys that were once comfortably serviced by smaller four-car sets have become overcrowded. We have been working to overcome the significant logistical hurdles involved in boosting capacity on these services.
Member for Kiama Gareth Ward said it’s a great example of the NSW Government listening to communities.
“I thank the Minister for this great result,” Mr Ward said.
“The long-term solution is far more complex than simply adding more cars to an existing service, but this is a great start.”
“If not done correctly, increasing capacity on two services could potentially impact other services up and down the line, and across the network. We need to do this right to get the best results for passengers.”
Planners from Transport for NSW and Sydney Trains are working hard to increase this capacity as soon as possible. With much of the planning work completed, the higher-capacity trains are on track to begin running in early January, just in time to make the journey more relaxing for people returning from the Christmas/New Year break.