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Planned work at Waterfall train station could lead to faster trains to the Illawarra.
Waterfall is where the South Coast line joins the Illawarra line, entering the Sydney rail network.
Transport for NSW has released the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the work at Waterfall, which will aid in passenger trains being able to pass slower freight trains.
At present there is a 850-metre freight loop to the west of the station, which rejoins the main line at the Waterfall platform.
The planned work will look to extend that loop to accommodate freight trains as long as 1500 metres.
"The extension of this loop would allow all freight trains to stop in the loop and be overtaken by faster Intercity South Coast services in the city-bound direction," the REF stated.
"This would facilitate improvements to off-peak passenger services on both the T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra, and South Coast lines."
The planned work would address the current strain on the South Coast line, the REF claimed, which has "average passenger loads exceeding the seating capacity by 22 per cent, which is the second highest in terms of overcrowding across the intercity network."
This article first appeared on www.illawarramercury.com.au
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