Hopefully! I might add, that if the metro link between Parramatta and Macquarie Park followed the more direct alignment via Eastwood, it could interchange with a future Victoria Rd Metro from Top Ryde to Baulkham Hills via Eastwood, Carlingford and North Rocks as well as the Northern Line. It's a straight alignment all the way to the CBD. With the Carlingford metro station located adjacent to the Carlingford Court Shopping Centre at the intersection of Pennant Hills Rd and Carlingford Rd, that could justify the expense of extending the light rail by constructing the short length of tunnel from the existing Carlingford Station to the metro station.
That's all well and good, but it's still academic now, as the Carlingford Line is never likely to be used for a heavy rail extension to Epping, or even light rail for that matter.0Agree,
One day they will connect the north side (pick your options of Epping or Eastwood and other detail) to Paraamatta by heavy rail having realised the mistake in the LR option. Carlingford station or other on LR line I suspect will get a HR station underground as a connection. Without the need to run the Carlingford Line it will be cheaper and simpler around about 12km in length.
Eventually common sense will prevail.
Yeah that might work too.
My thinking was also the the Victoria Road Metro would run to North Ryde or Macq Park stations, then head west to Eastwood, cross the Carlingford LR at what ever station that is and on to Parramatta and then head SW to Green(??) area.
The NWRL Metro and Carlingford LR projects have pushed me away from supporting going via Carlingford to Epping, Eastwood with a connection to the ECRL as mentioned above makes far more sense now.
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Sydney is changing, the CBD is less the centre of the universe for Sydney, hence why the NWRL is basically what it is with the Macquarie Park area a major employment hub and hence 4 x the number of people get off the train there than get on and the numbers are not minor, predicted that less than half the people joining the train west of Epping will still be on it at Chatswood. Western Sydney is developing a similar employment catchment and the Y link will eventually grow into a major service.
When the existing Sydney railways were being rolled out, they lasted the best part of 75 years without major expansion apart from Duplicaton, some amplification and DD. Very little new trackage especially into the city was added apart from ESR. The Metro lines being built now and not designed for today, but 30-70 years away. The NWRL Metro will not achieve capacity, ie 8 cars, 2min frequency before most of us are long gone. The Western Metro is probably the same considering the Metro line is basically doubling capacity between Central and Parramatta.