Sydney Metro cuts to T3 Bankstown Line trains from West of Bankstown to Central and the City Circle increases forced interchange, overcrowding, traffic delays at Lidcombe.
The Bankstown (and Olympic Park) to City via Strathfield service was removed in 2013 forcing commuters to interchange at Lidcombe for either T1 Western Line or T2 Leppington Line trains.
Now with the upcoming Sydney Metro removal of heavy rail from Sydenham to Bankstown, the T3 Bankstown Line will be cut in half at Bankstown, removing the final direct train to Central and the City Circle for Birrong and Yagoona commuters.
Former rail executives John Brew, Ron Christie, Bob O’Loughlin and Dick Day, have warned that removal of heavy rail from Sydenham to Bankstown will cause significant disruption and a reduction in reliability to the network.
The former rail executives also warn that up to 19,000 commuters will be forced to interchange at Lidcombe Station every day from the West of Bankstown area in order to commute to Central and the City Circle.
Commuters in the West of Bankstown area including Cumberland Council (Regents Park Ward) has been neglected by the NSW Government in the planning of Sydney Metro Southwest.
Plans by Cumberland Council to sell the John Street Carpark in Lidcombe is also a major wasted opportunity to holistically address traffic and transport issues in the Regents Park Ward.
Removal of Direct Trains to City via Strathfield (in 2013) from T7 Olympic Park and T3 Bankstown Line has increased forced interchange, parking and traffic congestion at Lidcombe. This will worsen with upcoming cuts to the T3 Bankstown Line (in 2024) due to Sydney Metro Southwest replacing heavy rail from Sydenham to Bankstown.