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Leppington and Edmondson Park stations are the biggest winner in the State Government’s $1.5 billion splurge on rail with a 92 per cent boost in services announced on Thursday.
Campbelltown and Macarthur Stations will receive boosts in express and non-peak services but Leppington and Edmondson Park stations have gained the biggest increase.
There will be 20 per cent more services stopping at Glenfield station.
The new timetable starts on November 26.
Camden state Liberal MP Chris Patterson said the increased services had smashed all expectations.
“It has absolutely far exceeded all expectations,” he said. “Leppington Station currently has between 40,000 to 50,000 transport movements each month.
“I am catching the train weekly from there and it really is a great experience.”
Mr Patterson said ongoing discussions were taking place between all levels of government regarding the future Badgerys Creek Creek rail link.
Leppington and Edmondson Park stations are the biggest winner in the State Government’s $1.5 billion splurge on rail with a 92 per cent boost in services. Picture: Craig Wilson“Everyone acknowledges the Badgerys Creek connection needs to be done and it something we will all work together to achieve,” he said. “It is all about adding choice for the user.
“When the line is built from Badgerys Creek Creek to Narellan, you will have stations in Oran Park, Narellan and the surrounds of Bringelly.
“There is a clear time frame of eight years for the Badgerys Creek Creek Airport, you would have to think a train line from Narellan to Badgerys Creek Creek will be a priority.”
The delivery of a Narellan rail link is expected to form part of the Western Sydney City Deal.
The More Trains More Services Program will deliver an additional 20 express trains to the Sydney CBD from Campbelltown and Macarthur and more than 200 extra services on the T8 Airport and South Line each week.
Under the new timetable, commuters from Campbelltown will have to change trains at Glenfield to travel to Liverpool and Parramatta.
The announcement is a win for south west Sydney commuters. Picture: Justin LloydA Transport NSW spokeswoman told the Macarthur Chronicle in June the new express services were to keep wait times to a minimum. “In the morning peak, 80 per cent of customers travelling from stations between Campbelltown and Macquarie Fields are city-bound on trains that are overcrowded,” she said.
“This is why we are fast tracking extra express trains that run to and from the Sydney CBD during peak times.”
There has been unprecedented growth in rail demand in recent years, with a 21 per cent increase projected by 2021.
This article first appeared on www.dailytelegraph.com.au
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