Blacktown railway station

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Blacktown
Blacktown railway station.jpg
Station statistics
Address Main Street, Blacktown
New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates 33°46′06″S 150°54′26″E / 33.76843°S 150.90735°E / -33.76843; 150.90735
Elevation 60m
Line(s) Main Western railway line
Richmond line
Connections Bus
Train
Distance 34.87 km (21.67 mi) from Central
Structure type Ground
Platforms 7 (3 Island, 1 Side)
Tracks 7
Parking No
Other information
Opened 1860
Rebuilt 1990s
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code BAK
Owned by RailCorp
Operator Sydney Trains
Opal not active
Formerly Black Town
Website Link
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 4.249 million[1] Decrease 3.5%
Services
Preceding station   Sydney Trains   Following station
towards Emu Plains
T1
Western Line
towards Central
towards Richmond
towards Schofields
T5
Cumberland Line
towards Campbelltown
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
towards Bathurst
Blue Mountains Line
towards Central
towards Dubbo
NSW TrainLink Western
Dubbo XPT
towards Sydney

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.

History[edit]

The station in 1955.
The station in 1955.

Blacktown station opened on 2 July 1860 as Black Town Road with the construction of the Main Western railway line.[2] 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.[3]

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.[citation needed]

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[edit]

The station is served by five to six trains per hour each way, with additional trains during weekday peak hours.

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
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

Bus services[edit]

Bus interchange

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)

Stand 6: Hillsbus

Stand 7: Busways

  • 721 - to Blacktown Hospital
  • 727 - to Tallawong Avenue, one trip to Our Lady of Consolation

Stand 8: Busways

Stand 9: Busways

Stand 11: Hillsbus

Stand 12: Hillsbus

Stand 13: Hillsbus

Stand 15/16: Busways and Hillsbus (T61)

Stand 17: Busways

Image gallery[edit]

Trackplan[edit]

Track arrangement at Blacktown

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Train Bureau of Transportation Statistics Retrieved 2014-11-08
  2. ^ "Main Western railway line". Nswrail.net. Retrieved 27 January 2007. 
  3. ^ Sharpe, Alan (2000). Pictorial History of Blacktown District. Pictorial Memories Series. Kingsclear Books. p. 9. 

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