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Rail projects fast-tracked and enhanced

Posted: Monday 20 November 2006

A number of improvements and addtions to existing plans for the CityRail network were announced today.

A staged plan for the North West Rail Line will see train services to Castle Hill and The Hills Centre in 2015, two years ahead of the original timing of 2017.

Highlights of the North West Rail Link development include:

  • CityRail services to The Hills Centre by 2015 (originally set for 2017).
  • Epping to The Hills Centre completed by 2015, including three new stations at Franklin Road, Castle Hill and The Hills Centre.
  • The Hills Centre to Rouse Hill by 2017, including three new stations - Norwest (near the business park), Burns Road and Rouse Hill.
  • An all day rail service of four trains per hour, six to eight per hour in peak periods.
  • As many as six to eight million passengers per year.

Planning for this project is well underway. Community consultation will continue to take place and $95 million has been earmarked for the further acquisition of land in the northwest.

Visit the TIDC website for more information.

Elsewhere, the current Clearways project to provide two tracks instead of one between Quakers Hill and Schofields has received a $316 million boost that means double tracks will now run all the way to Vineyard. Work to Schofields is set for completion by 2010 and the second track will reach Riverstone in the same year and Vineyard by 2012.

This major expansion will enable double the number of peak services to run between Richmond, Vineyard and the CBD. Vineyard Station will be upgraded as well and the forecast is for the number of peak hour passengers to increase from 2700 to 4500 by 2011.

There are also plans to provide 4000 extra parking spaces for customers in Sydney's west. There's a commitment to new commuter carparks in Seven Hills, St Marys, Glenfield and Blacktown, to be built by 2011, and completion of a carpark planned for Wentworthville will be brought forward to 2009. The potential for carparks at Revesby, Schofields-Quakers Hill and Glenfield is being investigated. This project is estimated to cost around $45 million.