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THE O'Farrell government's first shot at adding to Sydney's train timetable will produce just a handful of new services.
Elements of a new CityRail timetable, obtained by the Herald, show RailCorp will reduce journey times on some suburban services and add a number of mostly off-peak services.
But the timetable, to be introduced next month, also reveals some weekend service cuts, and shows RailCorp remains far from implementing the 135 new express trains promised by the Coalition before the election.
The timetable adds two off-peak services between Mortdale and Bondi Junction on the Illawarra and Eastern Suburbs line, and a service between Bondi Junction and Sutherland outside the morning peak.
On the Illawarra line more off-peak services continue through to Town Hall, Martin Place and Bondi Junction, rather than terminating at Central.
For commuters on the North Shore Line, the timetable adds a city-bound service, leaving North Sydney just before the afternoon peak hour.
The timetable adds two extra services leaving Parramatta for North Sydney in the morning, one at 8.21am and another at 10am.
On the Main North line, it deletes a 7.39am service running between Chatswood and Hornsby and replaces it with a service leaving Chatswood at 8.40 am.
A RailCorp spokesman confirmed the timetable changes, to take effect from Sunday, October 23. The spokesman said the changes were ''focused on easing crowding, better matching capacity on trains with passenger demand and providing other operational enhancements.''
Details of the changes are understood to have been presented to the Commuter Council by a RailCorp official last week. Copies of parts of the timetable were obtained independently by the Herald.
The timetable also slightly improved running times for some services between Chatswood and Hurstville, mostly by one or two minutes.
In 2005, the former government cut services and slowed trains down to help ensure they ran to timetable.
The Herald's independent transport inquiry, which reported last year, said that journey times should be restored to pre-2005 levels within one to two years at most. Asked about the timetable changes, a spokesman for Action for Public Transport, Jim Donovan, said he was very pleased journey times were being quickened, but he said that they should be speeded up even further.
He also called on the government to show how it planned to increase the capacity of Sydney's central business district to accommodate more trains. ''They are just hoping that Barangaroo will look after itself … well it won't.''
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