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Several sections of Sydney’s rail network will be shut over Christmas and the new year to allow for track maintenance and construction, pushing tens of thousands of commuters onto replacement buses.
Sections of the busy T3 Bankstown line will be shut down over the holidays, while the construction of the Parramatta Light Rail means the Carlingford line will close forever.
Curved platforms such as the one at Dulwich Hill in the inner west present challenges for builders of Sydney's new metro line.CREDIT:CHRISTOPHER PEARCE
Buses will ferry customers between Carlingford and Parramatta from January 5, 2020, until the new line completed, which is due to be 2023.
Commuters using the T3 line between Central and Campsie will have to use buses between Christmas Eve and December 28.
Up to 90 buses a day will then operate for the rest of the closure of the Bankstown line until January 5, transporting as many as 28,000 passengers each day between Sydenham and Campsie.
The project for the second stage of the $20 billion metro rail line involves converting a 13.5-kilometre stretch of the Bankstown line. The metro will link Sydney's north-west to Chatswood, the CBD, and on to Bankstown.
TfNSW expects a 35 per cent drop in patronage over the Christmas period.
Transport for NSW coordinator general Marg Prendergast urged commuters to plan ahead if they were travelling on public transport during the summer holidays.
“We’re in the midst of transforming Sydney’s transport network,” she said.
“We still have more work to do to ensure our transport network keeps pace with Sydney’s growing population.”
Stations between Hurstville and Central on the Illawarra line will also close for track maintenance between December 24 and December 28. Stations between Penrith and Bathurst will be closed on the Blue Mountains line between Boxing Day and December 30.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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