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Massive disruption is expected for Sydney train passengers as the state government prepares to close the train line from Epping to Chatswood.
From September 30 trains will not run between the two stations, with work beginning to upgrade the line for the new Sydney Metro from Rouse Hill. The closure will last seven months.
Trains from Hornsby in the morning and evening peak services will begin and terminate at Central. If passengers want to go to other stations along the City Circle, they will need to change trains.
Sydney commuters will face massive train disruptions for seven months as the Sydney Metro line is constructed. (Supplied)
Services between Epping and Chatswood will be replaced by 120 high-frequency pink buses.
The buses will operate as a shuttle to get passengers from closed stations to Epping, interchanging with the railway service through Strathfield into the CBD.
Otherwise, the options are getting to Gordon, Hornsby or Berowra.
As part of the construction, the train line between Epping and Chatswood in the city's north will close completely. (Supplied)"Rely on the train network more so than the bus network," Transport Minister Andrew Constance said.
The Minister insists changing trains will be a fact for life as our network grows.
"The aim is to minimise the interchange points... but people will quite literally have to walk across the platform."
The closure will spark a spate of alternate bus routes to assist commuters and add pressure to peak hour. (Supplied)The upheaval has allowed Sydney Trains to tinker with the timetable to offer better services in some circumstances.
On the T8 Airport Line from Revesby, they're adding two more express services via the Airport in the morning peak.
From the Central Coast there will be an express train every 15 minutes during peak times from the CBD via Strathfield.
Sydney Metro is expected to be open in the first half of next year, with the driver-less "turn up and go" service running from Rouse Hill to Chatswood.
FULL LIST OF CHANGES (From 30 September):
T1 North Shore Line
- Services which currently operate via the Epping to Chatswood rail line will be replaced with trains starting or ending at Gordon, Hornsby or Berowra.
- More AM peak hour services to the City for customers at Mount Kuring-gai, Mount Colah, Hornsby and all stations from Wahroonga to Roseville.
- Customers who catch trains from Gordon to Roseville will also benefit from more services across most of the day.
(9NEWS)T1 Northern Line
- Current services between Hornsby and the City via Chatswood will be replaced by limited stop services via Strathfield.
These services will start or terminate at Central during peak times. At all other times, trains will directly connect to Wynyard, Town Hall and North Shore stations via Strathfield and Central.
- Most Normanhurst to Cheltenham customers travelling to the CBD in the morning peak will have faster or similar journey times compared with today.
- Two extra services per hour in the morning peak and a doubling of trains in the evening peak for Rhodes, Meadowbank and West Ryde.
(9NEWS)- All peak hour services to operate as eight car trains to improve capacity and comfort for all T1 Northern Line customers
Central Coast and Newcastle Line
- Double the number of express services operating to and from the Sydney CBD via Strathfield during peak times, with an express train every 15 minutes instead of every 30 minutes.
- Customers will still have the option to catch direct trains to and from Sydney CBD via the North Shore, with no change to the current number of peak services.
- The current trial of a fast train service operating between Newcastle and Sydney will continue.
T8 Airport & South Line
- Revesby will receive two more Sydney CBD bound express services running via Airport Stations in the morning peak.
By catching these services Revesby customers could save about nine minutes per trip or up to 45 minutes a week, travelling to the Airport or other popular stations, like Mascot and Green Square.
Customers will be able to plan their trips from early September by visiting transportnsw.info
This article first appeared on www.9news.com.au
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