Blacktown railway station
|Address||Main Street, Blacktown
New South Wales, Australia
|Line(s)||Main Western railway line
|Distance||34.87 km (21.67 mi) from Central|
|Platforms||7 (3 Island, 1 Side)|
|Passengers ()||16,260 per day|
Blacktown is a major transport interchange station on the Main West railway line servicing the suburb of Blacktown and surrounding region. It is the junction point of the Richmond branch. The station is served by the T1 Western Line and the T5 Cumberland Line of the Sydney Trains network, and the NSW TrainLink intercity Blue Mountains Line and regional XPT service to and from Dubbo. Blacktown is an Easy Access station, with lift access to all platforms.
Blacktown is the 13th most patronised railway station in Sydney (out of a total of 176 stations), with an average of 16,260 passengers boarding per day.
Blacktown station opened on 2 July 1860 as Black Town Road with the construction of the Main Western railway line. Captain Martindale, the colony's chief engineer was not happy with work done by contractor John Gibbons and refused to issue a certificate for work done. Not happy with the decision Gibbons told his men to remove 3 portions of the track near Parramatta. He was arrested and placed in the Parramatta Watch House before being released on bail. Two days later the first train ran into Black Town Road Station. The word 'road' was dropped from the station name on 1 August 1862.
The station received a major rebuild in the 1990s to a modern glass and steel structure with the addition of an extra platform and the provision of lift access to all platforms.
The new footbridge also has a mezzanine level which is home to Sydney Trains offices. The station is known as the "Mother Ship" as it looks like a UFO when lit up at night. Also in the upgrade, Blacktown received three escalators; one from the footbridge to the bus interchange and two for access to Main Street on the southern side of the station.
Included in this upgrade was a new bus interchange constructed between the Main Western & Richmond Lines with a new bus-only road between the interchange and George Street on the eastern end of platforms 1 & 2.
Platforms and services
The station is served by five to six trains per hour each way, with additional trains during weekday peak hours.
|1||all stations and limited stops services to Central, then Chatswood and beyond|
|all stations services to Campbelltown via Parramatta|
|2||all stations services to Schofields and Richmond|
|all stations services to Schofields|
|3||terminating services, returning as all stations and limited stops services to Central, then Chatswood and beyond|
|terminating services, returning as all stations services to Liverpool and Campbelltown via Parramatta|
|4||all stations and limited stops services to Central, then Chatswood and beyond|
|5||all stations and limited stops services to Central, then Chatswood and beyond||Mainly used during weekday peak hours|
|Blue Mountains Line||intercity services to Sydney Terminal|
|NSW TrainLink Western||country services to Sydney (1 per day)|
|6||all stations services and limited stops services to St Marys, Penrith and Emu Plains||Mainly used during weekday peak hours|
|Blue Mountains Line||intercity services to Springwood, Katoomba, Mount Victoria and Lithgow via Katoomba|
|NSW TrainLink Western||country services to Dubbo (1 per day)|
|7||all stations services and limited stops services to St Marys, Penrith and Emu Plains|
Blacktown Station Bus Interchange
Stand 1: NightRide and Free Westpoint Shuttle
Stand 2: Busways
- 750- to Mount Druitt via Richmond Road
- 754 - to Mount Druitt via Hassall Grove
Stand 3: Busways
Stand 4: Busways
Stand 5: Hillsbus (702) and Transit Systems Australia (800/812)
- 702 - to Seven Hills
- 800 - to Fairfield via Polding Street
- 812 - peak hours only to Fairfield via The Horsley Drive
Stand 6: Hillsbus
- 700 - to Parramatta
Stand 7: Busways
- 721 - to Blacktown Hospital
- 727 - to Tallawong Avenue, one trip to Our Lady of Consolation
Stand 8: Busways
- 722 - to Prospect
- 724 - to Arndell Park, peak hour extension to Huntingwood
- 722/4 - Evening combined service to Prospect and Arndell Park
Stand 9: Busways
Stand 11: Hillsbus
- 705 - to Parramatta
Stand 12: Hillsbus
- 711 - to Parramatta
Stand 13: Hillsbus
- 611 - to Macquarie Park via M2 Motorway
- 630 - to Macquarie Park via Seven Hills, Baulkham Hills and Epping
Stand 15/16: Busways and Hillsbus (T61)
- 744 - to Blacktown Industrial Area
- S7 - Parklea Garden Village Shopper Hopper
- T61 - to Parramatta via Kings Langley
- T70 - to Castle Hill via Glenwood and Norwest
- T71 - to Castle Hill via Stanhope Gardens and Kellyville
- T72 - to Quakers Hill via Acacia Gardens
- T74- to Riverstone via Stanhope Gardens and The Ponds
- T75 - to Riverstone via Rouse Hill Town Centre
Stand 17: Busways
- 743 - to Kings Langley via Kings Park
Notes and references
- "Main Western railway line". Nswrail.net. Retrieved 27 January 2007.
- Sharpe, Alan (2000). Pictorial History of Blacktown District. Pictorial Memories Series. Kingsclear Books. p. 9.