Transport for NSW plans to upgrade the Epping to Chatswood railway to modern metro standards.
This work is an important part of the $8.3 billion Sydney Metro Northwest. It's the first step in introducing next generation metro trains to Sydney.
In 2018, buses will replace trains for around seven months between Epping and Chatswood and it is possible there will be some changes to the train timetable for a few months before this, while early works are carried out.
When Sydney’s metro services start in the first half of 2019, 15 trains an hour will run in both directions between Epping and Chatswood during the peak – almost four times the number of trains running in the peak today.
For example a customer at North Ryde will see a metro train every four minutes in the peak, compared with a train every 15 minutes they get today.
To convert the existing suburban line to next-generation metro standards, major upgrades will be needed, including overhauling the stations, 26 km of new cabling, power and signalling systems and customer improvements such as platform screen doors.
The five existing stations along the line, at Epping, Macquarie University, Macquarie Park, North Ryde and Chatswood will have screen doors along the full length of the platforms to keep people and objects away from the tracks, improving customer safety and allowing trains to get in and out of stations much faster.
Review of Environmental Factors and Determination Report
Update 16 February 2015
Transport for NSW will move forward with the upgrade of the Epping to Chatswood railway line as part of the Sydney Metro Northwest project, following a planning process late last year, which included widespread community consultation.
To deliver Australia’s first fully-automated railway system with a train every four minutes in the peak, the existing railway between Epping and Chatswood will be closed for about seven months in 2018-19.
The Epping to Chatswood Railway Conversion to Rapid Transit Review of Environmental Factors (REF) Report and Temporary Transport Plan were completed in October 2014 and were publicly exhibited between 13 October and 17 November 2014.
A total of 174 submissions were received during the REF exhibition period, with the majority coming from the community and stakeholders, including special interest groups and the business community.
Key issues raised included:
Implementation of the Temporary Transport Plan
The temporary removal of rail services during the construction of the proposal, and
Technical aspects of the upgrade program, including the benefits of installing platform screen safety doors on the new metro platforms.
Transport for NSW has considered feedback and will continue refining the Temporary Transport Plan in the lead up to changes in 2018.
To convert the existing suburban line to next-generation metro standards, major upgrades will be needed, including overhauling the stations, installing 26 km of cabling, power and signalling systems and customer improvements such as platform screen doors.
An interim rail service could potentially run between Epping and Chatswood for about four months, subject to operational considerations closer to the start of conversion work.