Planning for rail services west of Bankstown
Transport for NSW is currently designing T3 Bankstown Line service changes for stations west of Bankstown as part of the integration of Sydney Metro City & Southwest in 2024.
This integration includes upgrading the existing suburban line between Bankstown and Sydenham to metro rail standards, which means services west of Bankstown will need to operate differently.
In 2020, customers were invited to provide their feedback on three proposed rail service options:
- Option 1: shuttle services between Bankstown and Liverpool, and Bankstown and Lidcombe
- Option 2: services between Liverpool and the City Circle via Regents Park and shuttle services between Bankstown and Lidcombe (Transport for NSW’s preferred option)
- Option 3: services between Bankstown and the City Circle via Regents Park and shuttle services between Bankstown and Liverpool.
About 600 formal submissions from a wide cross-section of the community were received, mainly via an online survey.
Many customers cited direct access to the Sydney CBD as the most important consideration.
A community consultation report was released in December 2020, confirming that the second of the three options has been chosen based on community feedback and an analysis of Opal data.
Option 2 ensures the vast majority of existing T3 customers in the southwest continue to receive direct access to the Sydney CBD.
It also maintains similar travel times as today, while minimising the impact to services elsewhere on the network.
Transport for NSW is progressing service option 2 to the next phase of planning, which involves modelling service levels, journey times and stopping patterns.