Sydney’s Summer Building Boom: Transport upgrades forge ahead over holiday break

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Sydneysiders are encouraged to plan their trips ahead of time over the summer holidays as Transport for NSW takes advantage of the quieter holiday period to upgrade the network. This includes the upgrade of the T3 Bankstown Line for Sydney Metro City & Southwest, the installation of a new pedestrian and cycling bridge over the M2 Motorway, and the closure of the T6 Carlingford Line to build Parramatta Light Rail.

Transport for NSW Coordinator General, Marg Prendergast says the vital upgrade works are being carried out over the summer break to minimise disruption to the community.

“We’re in the middle of transforming Sydney’s transport network. This year has seen Sydney Metro open in the north west, the new light rail open between the CBD and Randwick, and the new M4 Tunnels open between Homebush and Haberfield, but there’s still more to do,” Ms Prendergast said.

“We’re currently building many exciting transport projects that will revitalise our growing city and improve important transport connections, such as the L3 Kingsford light rail line, Sydney Metro City & Southwest, and Parramatta Light Rail.

“Building these projects does involve some disruption to the community, but we’ve planned to minimise this as much as possible. That includes scheduling work when the network isn’t as busy, to reduce the impact to customers.”

Changes to the transport network during the summer holidays include:

  • T3 Bankstown Line: some stations between Central and Campsie will close between 8pm 24 December and 5 January 2020 while the train line is upgraded to Metro standards. Data shows there is a 35 per cent drop in customer patronage over the holiday period.
  • T4 Illawarra Line: stations between Hurstville and Central will temporarily close due to track maintenance work at Sydenham between 8pm 24 December and 10am 28 December 2019.
  • M2 Motorway, North Ryde: will be closed in both directions between Epping Road and Lane Cove Road from 7pm Saturday 28 to 1pm Sunday 29 December to install a new pedestrian and cycling bridge over Delhi Road and the M2. Westbound diversions will be via Epping Road and Herring Road. Eastbound diversions will be via Lane Cove Road and Epping Road. Delhi Road will also be closed in both directions between Julius Avenue and Epping Road from 8pm Friday 27 December until 5am Monday 30 December.
  • Castlereagh Road, Penrith: will be closed between Jane Street and Thornton Drive from 10pm Wednesday 25 and 5am Tuesday 31 December to install a new rail bridge. The Blue Mountains Line between Penrith and Bathurst will also be closed between 2am Thursday 26 December and 10pm Monday 30. Trains will still operate on the T1 Western Line between Penrith and Sydney CBD.
  • T6 Carlingford Line: From Sunday 5 January 2020 the T6 Carlingford Line will close while it is converted to the Parramatta Light Rail. The new 535 bus route will keep customers moving between Carlingford and Parramatta.

”We still have more work to do to ensure our transport network keeps pace with Sydney’s growing population and we thank the community for their patience while carry out this important work,” Ms Prendergast said.

“Our key message over the summer break is to plan ahead and allow extra travel time. Especially for those catching a flight over the holidays, make sure you plan ahead and leave enough time to get to the airport.”

To find out details of the changes, including rail replacement buses, timetables and stop locations, information is available on the online trip planner at transportnsw.info.

For the latest updates on changes to the road network, including impacts from the bushfire season, head to livetraffic.com.