Keeping customers moving during the Epping to Chatswood upgrade
28 August, 2018

From 30 September, customers will be supported with train services and improvements while the railway between Epping and Chatswood is upgraded for the Sydney Metro.

Improvements include more services for stations north of Chatswood on the T1 North Shore Line and double the number of express trains running to and from the Sydney CBD via Strathfield during the peak for Central Coast customers.

Customers from Normanhurst to Cheltenham travelling to and from Central at peak times will save 20 minutes each day by catching limited stop T1 Northern Line services via Strathfield.

Transport for NSW Coordinator General, Marg Prendergast said the adjustments are to help customers get to where they need to go as we prepare for the arrival of Sydney Metro Northwest.

“The new world class metro will see customers in Sydney’s North West get a train every four minutes in peak starting in the second quarter of 2019.

“From 2024, the metro will be extended towards the Sydney CBD and south west, connecting customers to faster, safer and more reliable journeys – that’s connecting more than 100,000 extra customers across Sydney!” Ms Prendergast said. 

The key service changes from 30 September include:

T1 North Shore Line

  • Services which currently operate via the Epping to Chatswood rail line will be replaced with trains starting or ending at Gordon, Hornsby or Berowra.
  • More AM peak hour services to the City for customers at Mount Kuring-gai, Mount Colah, Hornsby and all stations from Wahroonga to Roseville.
  • Customers who catch trains from Gordon to Roseville will also benefit from more services across most of the day.

T1 Northern Line

  • Current services between Hornsby and the City via Chatswood will be replaced by limited stop services via Strathfield. These services will start or terminate at Central during peak times. At all other times, trains will directly connect to Wynyard, Town Hall and North Shore stations via Strathfield and Central.
  • Most Normanhurst to Cheltenham customers travelling to the CBD in the morning peak will have faster or similar journey times compared with today.
  • Two extra services per hour in the morning peak and a doubling of trains in the evening peak for Rhodes, Meadowbank and West Ryde.
  • All peak hour services to operate as eight car trains to improve capacity and comfort for all T1 Northern Line customers

Central Coast and Newcastle Line

  • Double the number of express services operating to and from the Sydney CBD via Strathfield during peak times, with an express train every 15 minutes instead of every 30 minutes.
  • Customers will still have the option to catch direct trains to and from Sydney CBD via the North Shore, with no change to the current number of peak services.
  • The current trial of a fast train service operating between Newcastle and Sydney will continue.

T8 Airport & South Line

  • Revesby will receive two more Sydney CBD bound express services running via Airport Stations in the morning peak. By catching these services Revesby customers could save about nine minutes per trip or up to 45 minutes a week, travelling to the Airport or other popular stations, like Mascot and Green Square.

There will be slight adjustments to some services on other lines.

Customers can plan their trips from early September by visiting transportnsw.info.

During the essential upgrade of the rail line, high frequency, turn-up-and-go Station Link services will keep customers moving in the Macquarie Park precinct with more than 120 new, fully accessible, air-conditioned buses providing thousands of extra services.

Stay up-to-date on the latest Station Link news at mysydney.nsw.gov.au/stationlink

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