If you move western line trains onto the city circle then you are again screwing over inner west and main south services as they will hold up those services at redfern while a western line train takes a spot at the flyover. The north shore can easily handle 24tph.The only problem with your western express is the following.
1. Every train on the western line is already a western express from Parramatta. Parramatta is not lacking for service whatsoever. People from Parramatta have no right to complain about rail services.
2. Bankstown services normally use the inner circle meaning that they go in via museum and not Town Hall. The city via Bankstown services from Liverpool are normally the only services that use the outer circle.
3. Moving western express services onto the city circle is just going to screw over main south services again. For the small pain of a couple of minutes between Redfern and Central they should get over it and accept that they still get a 25 minute service from Parramatta and the same time by train from Penrith as it takes for a service from Liverpool.
4. The western line doesn't need fixing. It just needs separating from main south services between Strathfield and Granville. This will free up 10 trains per hour for both lines.
1. Tend to agree. My concept was to provide more capacity for Parammatta and beyond
2. thanks for the info
3. Why? Issue is that extra trains from the west (assuming needed) need to go somewhere and the traditional NSL cannot take much more nor can the terminal stations.
4. Yes, agree you can delete all the references on my original post except
- Retain the Metro to Ashfield to remove 4 trains per hour and the bottle neck it blocks on a further 8 trains per hour
- Beyond the Straithfield, the loss of the CC and Epping services enables both the Nth and Middle tracks to be merged with express
- The SW services now remain on the southern tracks, currently 8 trains per hour, increase to 12 trains per hour. 6 each via Granville and Reagents Park.
- 4 slots to be used by trains running all stops from Westmead or Paramatta to Ashfield.
- SW trains have slight express west of Ashfield depending on demand at intermediate stations.
- Track capacity of south tracks is now 16 trains per hour.
The problem is past Strathfield where western, BM and main south line services merge with one another and the track goes from 6 to 4 and the ensuing conflicting moves occur. An extra track pair is needed to fix this issue. Meaning something has to go underground.
If the all stops inner west services terminated at Ashfield instead of Homebush then many of the issues with capacity on the inner west line would go away. The distance is so short and the service would not get in the road of the semi express services.