Sydney Harbour Bridge Rail Shutdown
Commuters are being encouraged to plan for major track work, which will see no trains run across the Sydney Harbour Bridge for 10 days in early January.
Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said buses will replace trains on the T1 North Shore & Western Line, between North Sydney and Wynyard, from the 1st to the 10th of January, with flow on effects for all rail lines except the T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra Line.
“We want people to enjoy Sydney over summer in a COVID safe fashion, but also to be mindful they will need to plan their trips as this work will affect almost every single rail customer,” Mr Constance said.
“This work will ensure we continue to provide an efficient network for commuters and is a once in a generation opportunity to extend the life of the 88-year-old railway corridor by 120 years.”
Sydney Trains Acting Chief Executive Suzanne Holden said the 10-day maintenance project involves replacing a timber deck with a longer-lasting concrete structure.
“This is a unique opportunity to improve the reliability of the rail corridor on a much loved Australian icon. While we continue to invest in new technology to improve customer service, it is vital that we continue to maintain our significant historical assets,” Ms Holden said.
Transport for NSW Chief Operations Officer Howard Collins said to accommodate the work trains will run to a weekend timetable with additional peak services.
“While we traditionally see 40 per cent fewer customers travelling at this time of year, buses aren’t able to match the speed or capacity of the train network, so we strongly encourage everyone to plan ahead, allow extra travel time and consider using the many alternative services we’re operating,” Mr Collins said.
“High frequency rail replacement bus routes would also target the most popular trips and additional temporary trips would be added to the bus and ferry network.”