Documents obtained by the ABC have revealed details about the NSW government’s $20-billion Metro project which aims to bring faster, better rail systems for all Sydney commuters.
According to these documents, some peak-hour train services from western Sydney will be cut while new express trains will be brought to the Northern line.
‘West to North’ services from Penrith, Kingswood and Werrington will be reduced by 25 per cent, meaning there will be more commuters on already crowded trains from Sydney’s western suburbs.
Currently, there are 11 fast trains from Penrith to the city between 7am and 8am. The documents suggest from 2018 onwards, four of these trains will be cut. As well as this, the trains will terminate at central meaning commuters lose direct access to Town Hall, Wynyard and the North Shore.
As for the north shore, passengers travelling from Normanhurst, Thornleigh, Pennant Hills and Beecroft will be re-routed away from a closed Epping-to-Chatswood line. During peak-hour, five fast trains will leave Epping, stopping at Eastwood, West Ryde, Rhodes, Strathfield and Central.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance said last year that this Metro project would deliver a “massive boost” to the entire train network.
He said: "It will also mean faster and more frequent services will be able to be delivered on the Sydney Trains network from other major centres like Penrith and Blacktown."