More Trains More Services on Airport rail line as growth takes off
Customers on the T2 Airport Line will have access to more than 200 extra services every week in non-peak times to cater for a spike in customer demand.
The ‘More Train, More Services’ program will boost capacity to and from Sydney Airport with:
Trains servicing the Domestic and International Airport stations doubling from four to eight services per hour during the day on weekends which means;
A train, on average, every 7 and a half minutes, compared with every 15 minutes today.
Extra services on weekdays late at night, meaning trains running every 15 minutes instead of every 20-30 minutes today.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the growth in passenger numbers is unprecedented.
“We’re doubling services on the weekend because the growth is so dramatic,” Mr Constance said.
|International and Domestic Station patronage||2014||2015||2016||Increase|
|Overall||6.2 million||7.2 million||8.2 million||32%|
|Weekends||1.2 million||1.5 million||1.8 million||42%|
“In 2014 there were 6.2 million customer journeys to and from Domestic and International Airport stations. Since then, there has been an extra one million customer journeys to and from the Airport each year – a 32 per cent increase in patronage,” Mr Constance said.
“Weekend patronage has grown even more – shooting up 42%.”
“It’s clear that more and more people are choosing the train to and from the airport, so we need to move fast to cater for this growth.”
“More than 200 extra services a week will make it an even easier choice, plus the fact we’ll be running services every 15 minutes later at night. Convenience will come first.”
“We know driving to the airport can be painful, so we’re hoping the service boost acts as another incentive to leave the car behind.”
Combined with $500 million in major road upgrades in and around the airport and longer term solutions like WestConnex, travelling to the airport should become easier.
“Extra train services will complement this work, and provide plane passengers, airport and airline workers with better options to access both Sydney Airport and the city,” Mr Constance said.
Earlier this year, the NSW Government announced an extra 20 express trains per week in the AM and PM peak hour connecting Campbelltown and Macarthur customers with Sydney CBD via the T2 Airport Line.
The new service improvements will be implemented from late 2017.
This is the next step in the ‘More Trains, More Services’ program – a capital investment of over $1.5 billion to provide an urgent uplift in customer service on Sydney’s rail network.
Further announcements will be made in due course in relation to other parts of the program to boost services across the rest of the rail network.