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More than 1500 extra weekly services will boost frequency and capacity for millions of commuters, the biggest single uplift to train services in a generation.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance has released the operator draft train timetable for Sydney Trains to prepare for the changes.
Of the 1500 extra services, more than 750 will be on weekends, including 24 new express services between the Sydney CBD and the Blue Mountains. There will also be 160 new weekend T5 Cumberland services connecting western and north-west Sydney to the south west to expand services that currently run on weekdays only.
There will be a 22 per cent increase in services at Penrith. There will also be direct access on weekdays to Parramatta for Inner West customers for the first time.
“There has been unprecedented growth in customer demand for train services over the past few years and we’re expecting a further 21 per cent growth in demand for train services by 2021,” Mr Constance said.
Sydney Trains chief executive Howard Collins added:
“We’ve released the operator draft of the timetable to help Sydney Trains get ready for this massive service uplift, but there may yet be tweaks to some service times.”
The changes are part of the government’s More Trains, More Services program. The final version will be released in October with the timetable implemented in November.
This article first appeared on www.blacktownsun.com.au
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