More Trains More Services

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Project overview

The NSW Government will invest more than $1.5 billion over the next three years on the More Trains, More Services program.

Key benefits

Over the next three years the More Trains, More Services program will deliver:

  • Hundreds of extra services across the network, starting with peak hour express services between Parramatta and Sydney CBD.
  • New trains added to the suburban network that will spend less time in maintenance and more time on the tracks.
  • Upgraded rail infrastructure allowing our complex network to operate at an even greater capacity, including better signalling systems, power supply upgrades and station improvements.

Status

In progress

Completion

May 2020

The NSW Government will invest more than $1.5 billion over the next three years on the More Trains, More Services program which will boost capacity through hundreds of extra services, better infrastructure and new trains for Sydney.

We need more trains and more services to meet the needs of our growing city. The latest load data shows that five of the 15 train lines are running over the average 135 per cent of seating capacity in the morning peak.

Over the next three years the More Trains, More Services program will deliver:

  • Hundreds of extra services across the network, starting with peak hour express services between Parramatta and Sydney CBD.
  • New trains added to the suburban network that will spend less time in maintenance and more time on the tracks.
  • Upgraded rail infrastructure allowing our complex network to operate at an even greater capacity, including better signalling systems, power supply upgrades and station improvements.

Improved services on T1 and T2 and new Sydney train map

We’re adding more than 300 extra weekly train services to the T1 Western Line and T2 Inner West Line, offering our customers improved connections and more frequent services for travel between Western Sydney, the Inner West and Sydney’s CBD.

Key improvements to the Sydney Trains network include:

  • More than 250 express trains every week between Parramatta and the Sydney CBD, including 20 express trains during peak hours.
  • A new direct link between the Inner West and Parramatta on the T2 Line on weekdays for the first time.
  • T2 Inner West customers travelling to and from Sydney’s CBD will see peak services boosted from 15 minutes to up to every 6 minutes at many stations.

T1 Unlocking the Western Line fact sheet (PDF, 1.48 MB)

T2 West and Inner West Boost fact sheet (PDF, 3.66 MB)

We’ve also released a refreshed rail network map so customers can begin to understand the changes ahead and how their travel may be affected. Changes to the network include the T2 Line extending to Parramatta and also to Leppington in the South-West. We’re also extending services on the T5 Line to Leppington and Richmond, along with re-badging the Airport Line to the T8 to distinguish this popular service for tourists and visitors. More and more people are catching trains to and from the airport, so we’ve made improvements to cater for this growth.

Changes to Sydney’s train network map and fact sheet (PDF, 861.55 KB)

More weekend services from late 2017

We’re adding more than 750 new train services to our weekend timetable, moving Sydney closer in line with public transport offerings in other global cities during off peak times.

This will be the most significant uplift to weekend services in over a decade, providing customers with greater choice and accessibility to train travel.

Implemented in late 2017, the additional weekend services will boost frequency at many suburban stations to a train at least every 15 minutes.

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.

Key weekend service uplifts will take place on the following lines, details of improvements can be found in this fact sheet (PDF, 637.78 KB):

  • T1 Western Line
  • T1 Northern Line
  • T2 Airport Line
  • T5 Cumberland Line
  • T6 Carlingford Line
  • Blue Mountains

Sydney Airport

Customers travelling to and from Sydney Airport will benefit from more than 200 extra services per week in non-peak times on the T2 Airport Line in response to a spike in customer demand in recent years.

Trains servicing the Domestic and International Airport stations will double from four to eight services per hour during the day on weekends — meaning a train, on average, every seven and a half minutes, compared with every 15 minutes today.

Customers will have access to extra services on weekdays late at night, meaning trains running every 15 minutes instead of every 20-30 minutes today.

It’s clear to see that more and more people are catching trains to and from the airport, so we need to move fast to cater for this growth.

Combined with $500 million in major road upgrade in and around the airport and longer term solutions like WestConnex, travelling to the airport should become easier.

Western Sydney

The NSW Government will fast track the introduction of more express services between Parramatta and the CBD by late 2017 to reduce crowding on the existing network.

This is on top of billions of dollars the NSW Government is investing in a Metro network for Sydney including a new line from Parramatta to the CBD called Sydney Metro West, as well as Sydney Metro Northwest and Sydney Metro City and South West.

Spearheading the More Trains, More Services program will be an extra four express services between Parramatta and Sydney CBD in both the morning and afternoon peaks.

Western Line customers will be able to access up to 20 express trains per hour, or a service every three minutes between Parramatta and Sydney CBD during the busiest periods.

Sydney Growth Trains

Sydney Growth Trains is the centrepiece of the More Trains, More Services program and will provide rail customers with more frequent and more express services, delivered by more modern trains and enabled through infrastructure upgrades.

The NSW Government has ordered 24 new eight-car trains meaning more reliable and comfortable commuter services will begin rolling onto the tracks from late 2018.

Key features of the new Sydney Growth Trains include:

  • Improved air-conditioning with advanced temperature control.
  • High definition customer information screens to provide journey and safety information.
  • Internal and external CCTV and customer help points.

More information about Sydney Growth Trains

South Western Sydney

Customers in South Western Sydney will benefit from more train services to and from Sydney CBD as well as better access to key Western Sydney destinations like Parramatta and Blacktown.

We are simplifying train movements at Glenfield to increase capacity and provide much needed relief for our customers by late 2017.

Customers will have access to 10 express trains per hour in peak periods, connecting Campbelltown and Macarthur customers with Sydney CBD via the T2 Airport Line.

All T5 Cumberland Line and T2 South Line services will start and end at Leppington Station giving customers direct access to key Western Sydney destinations.

New late night and weekend services on the T5 Cumberland Line will be introduced to expand services that currently run on weekdays only.

It is vital we cater for this growth by providing services that better connect customers between North West Sydney, South Western Sydney and the Sydney CBD.

South Western Sydney fact sheet February 2017 (PDF, 340.59 KB)

Project status

The full program of work is still being finalised. Transport for NSW will now work closely with key stakeholders over the coming months and keep the community up to date as the program progresses.

projects@transport.nsw.gov.au

The NSW government has ordered 24 new eight-car suburban trains, meaning more reliable and comfortable services will begin rolling
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