BIGGEST WEEKEND UPLIFT IN TEN YEARS

Monday, 17 July 2017

Train customers in Lane Cove will have access to more services on weekends, the NSW Government has announced.

Member for Lane Cove, Anthony Roberts, said the boost of 750 new weekend train services across the Sydney rail network is the largest in a decade and is in response to massive growth in demand.

“We know from opal card data that more and more people are using public transport on the weekends. Between 2013 and 2016 there was a 68 per cent increase in weekend patronage,” Mr Roberts said.

“There are some 14 million car trips made every weekend, and with our population growing and growing, this figure will only increase. We have huge transport and infrastructure projects underway but we also need more and more people to see train travel as a viable option on weekends.

“Lane Cove is a rapidly growing area of Sydney and it’s important that we provide locals with a bettering offering of weekend train services to meet their needs and encourage a greater use of public transport.”

“Our goal is to boost service frequencies at many suburban stations to a train every 15 minutes at least.”

Weekend service improvements benefitting customers in the Lane Cove region include:

·         T1 Northern Line

o   frequency doubled between Epping and Central via Strathfield on weekends with an extra two services every hour, or a train every 15 minutes; and,

o   double the amount of direct services to the Sydney CBD for customers between Hornsby and North Ryde via Macquarie Park.

·         An extra two trains per hour during the day for T1 North Shore Line customers at Chatswood, Artarmon, St Leonards, North Sydney and Milsons Point.

“This is the next step in the ‘More Trains, More Services’ program — a capital investment of over $1.5 billion to provide an urgent uplift in customer service on greater Sydney’s rail network,” concluded Mr Roberts.

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