"Planned construction of a turnback facility (including contruction of 1.1 kilometres of new track and a new fourth platform) has been reviewed and will now be delivered at a later date when necessary."
This makes good sense as the work was to allow freight trains not to be held up by terminatig Cityrail. With the SSL now working there not held up.
It makes perfect sense.
Bondi Junction, with only 2 platforms, turn back twice as many trains as Macarthur.
If Cityrail re-configure the track layout properly, ie. use 2 platforms as a BJ-style turnback and a third platform for Southern Highlands, there is definitely no need for a fourth platform.
For the evening peak the current arrangements get out of wack all too often. This will continue as long as a down train has to cross over to platform 1/2 at the same time an up train is departing either.The crossover only occurs if an arriving train is coming into #2 and a departing train is leaving #1.
The crossover only occurs if an arriving train is coming into #2 and a departing train is leaving #1.
In any case, it's still a very effective implementation of the Brixton-type terminus.
Nope...I was talking about the BJ, not Maccas 'n' Shambles.
Seems to be the pm norm because both 1 and 2 are occupied and one is due to depart but hasn't. The arriving train inevitably sits outside Macas then pulls in a few minutes later than tabled (ironically having arrived on-time or early at Shambles and sitting there for 2-3 mins ).
Of course throw in any sort of delay, it all gets too much so they dump people off trains at Shambles.
I was talking about the BJ, not Maccas 'n' Shambles.
Thought you were commenting on Macarthur situation. Now back to where this is...The 04:59 Goulburn train does sit idle for >5 minutes south of the station in peak hour waiting for platform 2 or 3 to clear, if its more than about 7 minutes late, missing the connecting City via Sydenham. However this happens about once a month on average (more often last year with the ARTC speed restrictions) and not worthy of a new platform on its own as I'm sure we know.
Having trains sit in Macas for 15min is part of the problem. If this layover was cut by a third they would have 5 mins stuff around time before the next is due in. As it is trains sometimes end up going straight through to platform 3 where the southern highlands service is or now will be delayed.
The whole idea was to expand the role of Macs as a terminus (having completed Stage 1 works) and take the pressure of Shambles.
Is this really necessary, aren't some services about to be diverted down the south west rail link