The Premier Barry O’Farrell today announced the North West Rail Link will be the first rail line to feature new generation single deck, high frequency trains as part of Sydney’s Rail Future.
Sydney’s Rail Future is a long term plan to increase the capacity of Sydney’s rail network through investment in new services and upgrading of existing infrastructure. It is a plan to improve the customer’s experience by modernising Sydney’s rail network.
For the North West Rail Link, this means customers will now benefit from:
· A train every five minutes at peak times
· No need for a time timetable – just turn up and go;
· Fast, single deck, high-frequency, trains between Cudgegong Road and Chatswood;
· Epping to Chatswood rail line converted for these trains;
· Simple interchange with the existing network at Chatswood for trains to the city – simply walk across the platform to catch a train within three minutes;
· Planning work to extend the line from Chatswood to CBD via a second harbour crossing to begin immediately.
The Premier also confirmed that construction of the North West Rail Link is on schedule with early works to start later this year. Expressions of interest will be called later this month for the multi-billion dollar construction contract to build 15.5km of tunnels between Bella Vista and Epping.
The State Budget released earlier this month includes $3.3 billion over the next four years for the North West Rail Link project.
Essential planning work is well advanced. The first Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) – covering major construction and tunnelling – has been exhibited and submissions are now being assessed.
The second EIS will be exhibited later this year, covering the design of railway stations, train operations and systems including signalling.
For more information about Sydney’s Rail Future go to www.transportmasterplan.nsw.gov.au.