Rail revolution: busting weekend congestion with hundreds more train services

The biggest uplift to weekend train services in more than a decade will be delivered in 2017

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance today announced more than 750 new train services will be added, following a massive 68 per cent growth in weekend demand on Sydney’s train network between 2013 and 2016.

“We know that Saturday traffic in Sydney is often worse than week day morning peak hours. Sundays are also hugely popular for travel, so we’re boosting services to give people more options on the weekend,” Mr Constance said.

“Travel patterns are changing, people rely more on public transport on weekends for work and social events so we need to adapt and entice more people to think about the train first on weekends. Boosting frequency will make leaving the car at home a more attractive option.”

Key weekend service improvements include:

T1 Western Line
- Frequency to the City doubled at stations between Penrith and Doonside with two additional trains every hour, or a train on average every 15 minutes throughout the majority of the day.

T1 Northern Line
- Frequency doubled between Epping and Central via Strathfield on weekends with an extra two services every hour, or a train every 15 minutes
- Direct services doubled to the Sydney CBD for customers between Hornsby and North Ryde via Macquarie Park

T1 North Shore Line
- An extra two trains per hour during the day for customers at Chatswood, Artarmon, St Leonards, North Sydney and Milsons Point

T2 Airport Line
- All T2 Airport Line stations will receive a minimum 15 minute frequency throughout the majority of the day.
- Frequency doubled during the day at Green Square, Mascot and Sydney Airport Stations, as well as the majority of stations between Macarthur and Turrella on the T2 Airport Line

T5 Cumberland Line
- More than 160 new weekend services connecting South Western Sydney, Western Sydney and North West Sydney

T6 Carlingford Line
- Service frequency doubled during the day with an additional train every hour on weekends or a train every 30 minutes

Blue Mountains Line
- 24 dedicated express trains between Blue Mountains and Sydney CBD

“Our priority is to move Sydney one step closer to other global cities that offer supreme public transport services in off peak times, meaning greater choice and accessibility for customers than ever before,” Mr Constance said.

“There are 14 million car trips made every weekend in this city. We need to encourage more of those people on to our trains, which would make an incredible difference to our road network.”

The improvements will boost service frequencies at many suburban stations to a train every 15 minutes on weekends with all the additional services starting by the end of 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 greater Sydney’s rail network.