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THE State Government today announced extra train services to compensate for the seven-month Epping to Chatswood rail shutdown from September 30.
There will be more services for stations north of Chatswood on the T1 North Shore Line and double the number of express trains running to and from the Sydney CBD via Strathfield during the peak for Central Coast customers.
Customers from Normanhurst to Cheltenham travelling to and from Central at peak times are set to save 20 minutes each day by catching limited stop T1 Northern Line services via Strathfield.
The Sydney Metro rail network from Chatswood to the Sydney CBD and out to Liverpool.Meadowbank, West Ryde and Rhodes stations will receive additional morning and afternoon peak-hour trains. This will also free up space on adjacent services, which will benefit other customers on the T1 Northern Line.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance said the adjustments would allow the T1 North Shore and T1 Northern Lines to operate separately.
“Our focus has been to ensure services continue to meet demand and complement Station Link and other regular buses,” Mr Constance said.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance.“We know there will be disruption but once Sydney Metro opens in the second quarter of next year, there will be a new world-class metro service between Sydney’s fast-growing northwest and Chatswood.”
The shutdown will force up to 20,000 commuters a day to catch replacement buses or drive.
There will be more than 120 new Station Link buses operating on seven routes. Services will be turn-up-and-go with connecting services running every six minutes in peak hour.
Leaked documents show the $8.3 billion metro line from Rouse Hill to Chatswood won’t be opened to passenger services until early May next year.
This article first appeared on www.dailytelegraph.com.au
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