Have your say on proposed changes to the Blue Mountains Line with a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) to go on public display from Tuesday 8 August.

The NSW Government is delivering new, state-of-the-art Intercity trains to provide customers with more comfortable and reliable journeys. To support this modern fleet we need to make some changes to the Blue Mountains Line and bring it into line with the rest of the Intercity network.

At present, the only electric trains which can operate between Springwood and Lithgow are V-Sets, which are approaching the end of their lifespan.

The changes we are proposing will not only support the new technology on board the New Intercity Fleet, but also allow for all of the trains currently operating on the electrified network to travel the length of the Blue Mountains Line if required.

Transport for NSW and the people of the Blue Mountains place a high value on protecting the unique heritage and natural beauty of the area.

Any project of this scale needs to be approached in a way that balances both the preservation of our rich history with the delivery of the trains of the future. To ensure this happens, these modifications have been designed in collaboration with heritage specialists to minimise the impact on State and locally-listed heritage items.

The REF offers the local community the chance to learn more about how the NSW Government will identify potential natural and historical impacts and the mitigation measures that we will put in place.

More importantly, it gives people the opportunity to play a part in informing our future plans.

The New Intercity Fleet will be double-deck trains designed to bring new levels of comfort and accessibility for customers, particularly those taking long journeys.
The benefits of these modern trains will include comfortable two-by-two seating, better accessibility for less mobile customers, digital screens and announcements, charging stations for mobile devices, and dedicated space for luggage, prams, bicycles and wheelchairs.

The Review of Environmental factors can be viewed online at - nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/have-your-say or by visiting one of the following locations:

  • Blue Mountains City Council, 2-6 Civic Place, Katoomba
  • Katoomba Library, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, 30 Parke Street, Katoomba
  • Blue Mountains City Council, 104 Macquarie Rd, Springwood
  • Lithgow City Council, 180 Mort Street, Lithgow
  • Lithgow Library and Learning Centre, 157 Main Street, Lithgow
  • Wentworth Falls Library, School of Arts Building, 217 Great Western Highway, Wentworth Falls.
  • Transport for NSW, Level 5, Tower A, Zenith Centre, 821 Pacific Highway, Chatswood.

Transport for NSW project teams will also be on hand to meet with the public at a series of local information sessions at Springwood, Katoomba and Lithgow:

  • Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub
     104-108 Macquarie Road, Springwood
    • Friday 11 August, 4pm to 7pm
    • Saturday 19 August, 10.30am to 1.30pm
  • Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, 30 Parke Street, Katoomba
    • Saturday 12 August, 10.30am to 1.30pm
    • Tuesday 15 August, 4pm to 7pm
  • Lithgow Valley Plaza, Bent and Lithgow Streets, Lithgow
    • Monday 21 August, 3pm to 6pm
    • Tuesday 22 August, 12pm to 3pm

Anyone who is unable to attend one of these sessions but would like to talk with the team can call the Project Infoline on 1800 684 490 or email [email protected].

The display will start on Tuesday 8 August and the planning documents will be on public display until Tuesday 29 August 2017.