Portfolio Committee 6 (Transport and Customer Service) is currently inquiring into the Sydenham-Bankstown line conversion as part of the Sydney Metro SouthWest project. This is another example of Labor and the Greens not supporting the record breaking public transport investment by the Coalition government.
Why convert and upgrade Sydenham to Bankstown? Please watch this short video to see. As Greater Sydney’s population is forecast to increase to 12 million people by 2056 employment is also expected to increase to 3.1 million by 2036. This employment and population growth will require increased transport capacity, to ensure continued growth in productivity and to sustain Sydney’s liveability.
The upgrade of the Bankstown Line to metro rail standards will unlock capacity across the wider Sydney rail network by addressing one of Sydney’s biggest rail bottlenecks, providing more reliable journeys for customers across the network.
Sydenham to Bankstown Upgrade – a 13.4-kilometre extension, upgrading the existing T3 Bankstown Line from Sydenham Station to Bankstown Station to modern metro operations. All 11 upgraded stations will be fully accessible with lifts and level access between platforms and trains.
Customers will be able to interchange between Sydney Metro and Sydney Trains at Sydenham and Bankstown, supported by improvements to station way-finding and signage at these stations.
The T3 Line west beyond Bankstown will continue to be operated by Sydney Trains, serving stations between Liverpool, Lidcombe and Bankstown.
The upgrade of the Bankstown Line will unlock capacity across the rail network by addressing one of Sydney’s biggest rail bottlenecks, providing more reliable journeys for customers across the network.
The upgrade of the 124-year-old T3 Bankstown Line to metro rail is integral in taking the pressure off the rest of Sydney’s suburban rail system.
For more information on this inquiry please visit the Parliaments website here. For more information on the Sydney Metro please visit their website here.
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