Chatswood railway station

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Station statistics
Address Railway Street, Chatswood
New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates 33°47′50″S 151°10′51″E / 33.797324°S 151.180887°E / -33.797324; 151.180887Coordinates: 33°47′50″S 151°10′51″E / 33.797324°S 151.180887°E / -33.797324; 151.180887
Elevation 87 m (285 ft)
Line(s) North Shore railway line
Connections Bus
Distance 11.74 km (7.29 mi) from Central
Structure type Ground
Platforms 4 (2 Island)
Tracks 4
Other information
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code CWD
Owned by RailCorp
Operator Sydney Trains
Website Link
Passengers (2013) 4.377 million[1] Increase 1.4%
Preceding station   CityRail   Following station
towards Central
North Shore and Northern Line
towards Hornsby or Berowra
towards Hornsby

Chatswood railway station is on the North Shore railway line in Sydney, Australia, serving the North Shore business centre of Chatswood. The station is served by the Sydney Trains North Shore, Northern & Western Line and is the junction for the branches to Hornsby via Macquarie Park and Berowra via Gordon.

Chatswood is the 6th most patronised railway station in Sydney (out of a total of 176 stations), with an average of 21,370 passengers boarding per day.


Temporary platform at Chatswood Station during the construction of the Epping to Chatswood Line, July 2005
Half completed station. The temporary platform has been demolished and the first two of the four new platforms are open

The original Chatswood station was opened, along with the North Shore railway line on 1 January 1890. An island platform was built on 23 May 1900 and a third "local" platform brought into use on 12 July 1919. The first electric train ran through Chatswood on 15 August 1927, with full electric passenger service commencing 27 October 1928. There was a small goods yard, similar to the one at St Leonards, on the Western (Pacific Highway) side of the station, beyond the Northern end of the platforms. The "local" platform on the Eastern side of the station was used for electric parcel-van traffic and also for terminating some services from the city, until these were rescheduled to terminate further along the North Shore line from January 1992.[2] Until 1958 there was a tram terminus in Victoria Avenue beside the station. The station entrance was later integrated with a shopping centre called The Interchange in the mid-1980s.

With the construction of the Epping to Chatswood railway line, it was decided to redevelop the station to accommodate Chatswood's new role as a junction station. The original station, as well as the attached bus interchange and shopping centre were demolished in 2005 and a temporary station was opened where the former platform 3 was located. A new western island platform opened in place of the original island platform on 16 October 2006. The eastern island platform opened in 2008.[3]

The new station precinct is known as the Chatswood Transport Interchange (CTI) and consists of the railway station, a bus interchange and pedestrian pathways connecting the precinct to the surrounding streets. The CTI was constructed as a Public Private Partnership and was to include a new shopping plaza called Metro Chatswood and 3 towers. The private developers, CRI Chatswood, went into receivership whilst construction was underway. As a result, the shopping centre has not yet opened and major construction of the towers has yet to begin.[4]

Station layout[edit]


The station consists of two island platforms - a city-bound platform and an outbound platform.[5] The two centre platforms - platforms 2 & 3 - serve the Epping to Chatswood line. The outer platforms serve the North Shore line. A turnback / stabling road is located to the south of the station and is used to terminate some trains from the ECRL.

Access to Chatswood station is provided by a series of pedestrian walkways at three different intersections: Victoria Avenue and Railway Street, Chatswood Mall and Orchard Road, and Post Office Lane and Victor Street.[6] Additional pedestrian entrances are available from Chatswood Central Plaza, adjacent to the north side of the station concourse.[6]

Because the station and tracks are level with the ground, the concourse is actually below street level despite being open-air in nature. A row of ticket barriers with ticket windows allows passengers access to the concourse which features stairs, lifts, and escalators to access the platforms.[7] The station fulfils Sydney Trains' Easy Access criteria.

Platforms and services[edit]

From 20 October 2013, on weekdays the station is served by eight trains per hour in each direction for most of the day, with additional trains provided during peak hours; on weekends the station is served by eight trains per hour in each direction for most of the day.

There are 'turn-up-and-go' train services provided during weekday peak hours, to the City, having a frequency of up to twenty trains per hour with a 3 to 4 minute interval.

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
All stations and limited stops services to Central, then Strathfield and beyond.
Terminating services; All stations and limited stops services to Central, then Strathfield and beyond.
All stations and limited stops services to Epping and Hornsby via Macquarie University.
All stations and limited stops services to Gordon, Hornsby and Berowra via Gordon. peak hour intercity services to Wyong via Gordon.

Transport links[edit]

Bus interchange, completed as part of the reconstruction

Transdev NSW runs two routes to and from Chatswood railway station:

NightRide route N90 serves Chatswood station

Sydney Buses runs the following routes:

Forest Coachlines run the following routes:

Hillsbus runs the following route from Chatswood Station:

  • 627 - to Castle Hill via Lane Cove, M2 Busway and Baulkham Hills (peak hours only in

peak direction)


Track layout at Chatswood after construction of the Epping-Chatswood railway line, completed in 2009. 'Up Shore' is the technical name of the track that carries trains towards Sydney, and 'Down Shore' the track that carries trains away from Sydney.
Track layout at Chatswood prior to construction of the Epping- Chatswood railway line


  1. ^ Train Bureau of Transportation Statistics Retrieved 2010-05-26
  2. ^ "CityRail launches new timetable" Railway Digest February 1992 page 45
  3. ^ Chatswood Transport Interchange Transport Construction Authority
  4. ^ Carter, Bridget. Chatswood development delays trigger $28m payout for Bonett. The Australian, 30 September 2010.
  5. ^ Railcorp, "Sydney Trains - Chatswood Station Map". Retrieved 23 February 2009.
  6. ^ a b Guide to bus services at Chatswood Transport Interchange New South Wales Ministry of Transport Retrieved 15 February 2009
  7. ^ Chatswood station map CityRail Retrieved 15 February 2009

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