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Rail commuters in parts of western and northern Sydney will have a longer commute from January as one of the city’s oldest rail lines closes permanently.
It will be scrubbed off the map to make way for the construction of a new light rail project with passengers looking at years of rail replacement buses while they wait for the trams.
But most people shouldn’t have to fret — the doomed line is Sydney’s least used.
The T6 Carlingford line, which opened in 1888, will be axed on January 5, 2020. The route currently operates as a shuttle from Clyde in Sydney’s west where it connects to T1 Western line trains to the city.
The line heads north to Carlingford, on the other side of the harbour, via Rosehill Racecourse, Camellia, Rydalmere, Dundas and Telopea.
Sydney Trains’ T6 Carlingford line will close in January.Source:News Corp Australia
Much of the T6 Carlingford line, which connects Sydney's west to a number of suburbs in the north of the city, will become part of the new Parramatta Light Rail.Source:Supplied
A new, somewhat circuitous, bus route will connect some of the stations to Parramatta. However, Clyde station will not be served by the replacement bus, with the bus also stopping some distance from Rosehill station.
Coloured dark blue on maps, the Carlingford line has around 500,000 annual users. That makes it Sydney’s least used, with three times fewer passengers than the T7 Olympic Park line. The big daddy of train lines is the T1 Western and North Shore that had 124 million people boarding last year.
There had been proposals to extend the Carlingford line north to the transport hub of Epping to create a more viable rail line, but they never came to fruition.
This article first appeared on www.news.com.au
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