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Transport for NSW short-changing the West of Bankstown in 2024 timetable

Updated: Feb 10

Transport for NSW is removing more trains in the West of Bankstown and refusing to restore a direct line via Inner West despite capacity existing on the Sydney Trains Network for such services.

The current T3 Liverpool to Bankstown train is being removed in the 2024 timetable with commuters forced to interchange at Regents Park.


Bankstown Station (Sydney Trains turnback) is being designed to have capacity for 12 trains per hour when Metro Southwest opens, read more at https://restoreinnerwestline.org.au/bringing-back-our-trains/


The Bankstown to City via Regents Park train is not being restored forcing commuters to interchange at Lidcombe, and leaving Birrong/Yagoona without a direct train to Central.


Each Sydney Trains line (double track) can run 20 - 22 trains per hour under current signalling as per research (by Douglas Economics undertaken in 2012) commissioned by Transport for NSW. Read the Douglas Economics Model Train and Passenger Report (2012).


If all 4 Bankstown starters continuing to City via T2 Inner West Line impacts potential buffering, it remains feasible for 2 of the 4 Bankstown to Lidcombe shuttles to continue through to Homebush (replacing the 2 Homebush starters) en-route to City via Inner West (resulting in the same 18 trains per hour at Central on T2).


All 3 sides of Sefton Junction (Liverpool via Regents Park, Bankstown via Regents Park, and Liverpool - Bankstown) can run in the 2024 timetable as capacity exists on the current network.


The West of Bankstown has capacity for a full restoration of pre-2013 services but Transport for NSW is withholding trains to encourage patronage on Sydney Metro Southwest.


Save T3 Bankstown Line has social tiles explaining the changes in the West of Bankstown area in the 2024 timetable available to download at www.savet3.org/2024

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