Carlingford railway station
|Line(s)||T6 Carlingford Line|
Carlingford is a railway station on the Carlingford Line of the Sydney Trains network in Sydney, Australia. It serves the suburbs of Carlingford, North Rocks and West Pennant Hills. Carlingford station is the terminus of the [[Carlingford railway line|Carlingford Line]].
Carlingford is the 165th most patronised railway station in Sydney (out of a total of 176 stations), with an average of 400 passengers boarding per day.
The station opened on 20 August 1896 as Pennant Hills. On 1 August 1901 it was renamed Carlingford.
Platforms and services
The station is served by one train per hour each way, with additional trains during weekday peak hours.
|1||Terminating services from Clyde or Lidcombe||Services from Clyde during peak and off-peak, one service from Lidcombe in early morning|
|Shuttle service to Clyde||Stopping Telopea, Dundas, Rydalmere, Camellia, Rosehill and Clyde during peak and off-peak|
|Express service all stations to Clyde, then Lidcombe, Strathfield, Redfern and Central||One service per weekday, departing 0701 hours|
There is currently only one service in the early morning which connects to the city directly. A train-change at Clyde, the other terminus of the line, is necessary to reach other stations. A connecting city-bound train from Penrith or Emu Plains stops within five minutes of the shuttle service's arrival. Conversely, a west-bound train stops at Clyde several minutes before the shuttle service leaves for Carlingford.
Connections from Carlingford to the west and south are limited, usually arriving more than thirty minutes after the shuttle service reaches Clyde. Therefore, many commuters walk to Granville where a more frequent service is available.
Parramatta Rail Link
A major development of Carlingford station was proposed, as part of the Parramatta to Chatswood Rail Link project, but in 2003, this was postponed indefinitely by the then-New South Wales Transport Minister Michael Costa citing a lack of projected passenger numbers and economic viability.
However, on 11 August 2010, the Federal Labor Government promised 2.6 billion dollars towards this project, who, along with the NSW State Labor Government, would have constructed a line from Epping to Parramatta through the Carlingford line. Carlingford Station would have received a new underground station. Work was due to start in 2011, with a prospected 2017 finish, but the NSW Liberal Government under Barry O'Farrell cancelled the project, instead requesting that Federal funding be diverted to a more expensive upgrade of the Pacific Highway. The Gillard Federal Government responded by revoking the funding altogether.
A large amount of land lies behind the station, for future extensions of the line. A redevelopment of the land next to the station was subsequently put on hold because of the postponement of the link.
Sydney Buses runs the following routes via Carlingford station:
- metrobus M54 - Parramatta Interchange via Pennant Hills Road
- metrobus M54 - Macquarie Park via Epping Station, Macquarie University and Macquarie Centre
- Route 513 - Meadowbank ferry wharf via Dundas Valley, Ermington, Melrose Park, West Ryde (weekdays only)
- Route 546 - Epping/Parramatta via Ray Road, North Rocks Westfield and Oatlands
Hillsbus runs one service via Carlingford station:
- "Carlingford Line". Nswrail.net. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
- Johnson, Stephen (13 June 2012). "Pacific Hwy should trump rail: O'Farrell". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
- Aston, Heath (29 May 2013). "Missing link: PM axes $2b Parramatta plan". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 July 2013.