Long overdue but reassuring for commuters west of Bankstown to have confirmation that stations won't close anymore
Option 2 (preferred):
City to Liverpool via Regents Park (former Inner West Line) is great
Birrong and Yagoona without trains to City isn't ideal but hopefully Lidcombe to Bankstown shuttle can be similar frequency to Metro
Removal of Liverpool to Bankstown direct is disappointing
And renaming Liverpool via Regents Park as T3 Bankstown Line despite route not going to Bankstown would confuse passengers...
Maybe it should be called T6 Liverpool Line (via Regents Park)
I agree that Option 2 is probably the best outcome for the majority, notwithstanding the fact that Birrong and Yagoona miss out on a direct rail service to the CBD. The metro conversion of the Bankstown Line, truncated at Bankstown, has brought this on, when there were other alternatives which could have avoided this mess.
Including Liverpool to Bankstown direct under that scenario probably wouldn't be feasible as it would create significant congestion at the triangle, although it's surprising that has been omitted, as you would think the government would be anxious to boost the patronage on the metro. I doubt if many would bother interchanging at Regents Park to reach Bankstown, unless that is their destination, and changing again to the metro to reach the CBD, where most would probably be going.
It's telling that TfNSW has recommended its preferred Option 2 for a direct journey to the CBD from Liverpool via Regents Park rather than all previous suggestions that the Liverpool services would feed into the metro at Bankstown. Perhaps they underestimated the level of antipathy towards being forced to interchange to reach the CBD, when most currently have a direct uninterrupted journey. That also brings into question the whole viability of this misguided project when anticipated patronage levels and alleged broader benefits are unlikely to be realised. It's also a lesson to be considered in the planning for Metro West, which will be heavily reliant upon interchange from other existing Sydney Trains services. The fact that they have acknowledged under Option 1 that there would be an increase of Liverpool-Cabramatta customers using T2 services via Granville to travel direct to the city resulting in more crowding on that line, even though it's slower, only reinforces that perspective.
It's worth noting the comment under Options 2 and 3 that - "stations served by the new services between Lidcombe and the city are indicative only. Stopping patterns are still to be developed and will be communicated at a later stage".
How can anyone make an informed decision on these proposals without being aware of all the facts, which includes the journey times, dependent on whether there's an all stations or semi-express operating pattern? Integrating both the via Granville and Regents Park services on the Inner West Locals, including T2 Parramatta, will be a challenge without broader revision of T1 services, which I have alluded to on another thread. It's again, just planning on the run. Would I be too cynical in suggesting that it's been rushed out on the same day to counter the revelation that the City and South West Metro project budget has blown out by almost $5 billion and that it was known before the last State election?
As a further refinement to Option 2, I suggest that the Leppington services should travel via Regents Park for a faster journey and the via Granville services start/terminate at Liverpool.
I agree that the renaming of the Liverpool via Regents Park services as T3 Bankstown Line is a misnomer, when the main direct route to Liverpool doesn't even go to Bankstown. Perhaps the route from Leppington to the City Circle via Liverpool and Regents Park could be redesignated as T6 and from Liverpool to Lidcombe via Granville as T2. T3 Lidcombe to Bankstown?
Personally, I'd prefer all of the main trunk routes to be designated alphabetically like the Paris RER, with branches designated numerically. For example, the Main Western Line corridor from Central to Penrith as Line A1 and branches to the Northern Line from Strathfield as A2, the South Line from Granville to Liverpool as A3 and the Richmond Line from Blacktown as A4. The North Shore Line could be an extension from Central as A1.