Airport, Inner West & South Line

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Airport, Inner West & South Line
T2 Sydney logo.png
Mode Commuter rail line
Operator(s) Sydney Trains
Fleet S, K, C, M, A
Depot(s) Flemington Maintenance Depot
Auburn Maintenance Facility
Line colour Green
Key dates
1855 Main Suburban railway line opened
1931 East Hills railway line opened
1987 East Hills line connected to Main South line
2000 Airport railway line opened
2013 Inner West Line,
South Line, and
Airport & East Hills Line services grouped

The Airport, Inner West & South Line (numbered T2, coloured green) is a commuter rail line operated by Sydney Trains in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It serves the inner western, south-eastern, western and south-western suburbs. Branding of the line is sometimes broken up into the two arms of the line which extend from the City Centre - the Airport Line (City to Macarthur via Turella) and the Inner West & South Line (City to Campbelltown via Newtown).

History[edit]

Following victory in the 2011 New South Wales election, the O'Farrell Government embarked on reform of transport in New South Wales. In November 2011, a new organisation, Transport for NSW, was created to improve planning and coordination of transport projects and services. The organisation developed a new rail timetable and branding, which was put into effect on 20 October 2013. This saw the grouping together of the Airport & East Hills Line (Macarthur - City via Sydney Airport or Sydenham), Inner West Line (Liverpool or Bankstown - City via Regents Park) and South Line (Campbelltown - City via Granville). A new numbering system was also introduced and the line was given the number T2. The merging of multiple lines was criticised as confusing by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Inner West Line[edit]

Prior to 1996, the Inner West line was considered part of the Bankstown Line and was coloured brown on promotional material and directional signage. A timetable named Parramatta Line carried details of all services between Parramatta and the City, including Northern, Southern, Western and Bankstown line services. The section between Lidcombe and Cabramatta via Regents Park was considered part of the Macarthur Line, and was colour-coded green. From 1996, when the Merrylands to Harris Park Y- Link opened and the timetable was re-written, the Lidcombe to Cabramatta via Regents Park section was colour-coded brown and a new timetable labelled Liverpool- City via Regents Park was published. The August 1999 timetable revision saw the term Inner West Line used for the first time, and the line was colour-coded purple which it maintained until the line was abolished.

Prior to its abolition, most Inner West Line services formed a loop with the Bankstown Line. The construction of new turnbacks at Homebush and Lidcombe as part of the Rail Clearways Program presented an opportunity to separate the operation of the two lines and free up capacity for other services by breaking the loop. After the creation of the Airport, Inner West and South Line, all stations via Newtown services terminate at Homebush (instead of continuing to Bankstown and returning to the city via the Bankstown Line). In addition, almost all Liverpool - City via Regents Park services were discontinued.

Due to the increased number of interchanges and increase in travel time for passengers for all stations between Carramar/Berala and Birrong, there is a movement to restore the Inner West Line to its operation prior to October 2013. The leaders of the movement have dubbed the changes as "the biggest downgrade in a generation", mocking the state government's promotion of the timetable as "The Biggest Timetable Change of a Generation".

South Line[edit]

South Line prior to 2013 merger

From 1987, when the Glenfield to East Hills link was completed, until 2000, the line was coloured green and integrated with the East Hills line on promotional material and in directional signage. From 2000-13, branding of the two lines was separated and the South Line was coloured pale blue.

The South Line had several different names. Prior to 1991, the line was advertised as the Macarthur Line, and it included the section from Lidcombe to Cabramatta via Regents Park, which later became part of the Inner West Line. From 1992-1996, the South Line was designated the Campbelltown via Liverpool Line. From 1996-1999, the line was known as Macarthur via Granville. Since 1999, the line has carried the designation of South Line. This is a reference to the technical name of the track between Cabramatta and Macarthur, the 'Main South' (which continues to the Victorian border). The section between Granville and Cabramatta is called the 'Old Main South' following construction of the shorter route via Regents Park.

Airport & East Hills Line[edit]

The line was initially known as East Hills Line, a branch from the Illawarra Line and terminated at East Hills. The Glenfield to East Hills link was completed in 1987, extending East Hills Line into Campbelltown and Macarthur. It was since colour coded green. The Airport Link opened in 2000, linking the airport and the city. This resulted in the renaming of the line to Airport & East Hills Line. After grouping with South and Inner West lines, the name "East Hills" was removed from the new name.

Route[edit]

T2 highlighted in green

The route covers a large area and passes through many parts of the city. It takes the form of a loop from the city centre to Glenfield, with a spur south from Glenfield to Macarthur, which is shared by trains from both halves of the loop.

The line passes through a number of business districts and major centres, namely Campbelltown, Liverpool, the Central Business District, Sydney Airport and the emerging centre of Green Square.

City - Macarthur via Revesby[edit]

From the City Circle, the southern arm of the route splits in two. Most services run along the New Southern (Airport) railway line from Central to Wolli Creek. Peak hour express services use a more direct route along the alignment of the Illawarra railway line to Tempe Railway Station. Both branches re-join west of Wolli Creek. From here, the line heads west towards East Hills. It then turns south-west through the new suburbs of Voyager Point and Wattle Grove to meet the main south line at Glenfield junction, where services proceed to Campbelltown and Macarthur. The line is four tracks between Wolli Creek junction and Revesby, then two tracks to Glenfield junction. All stations between Central and Glenfield have two platforms used by T2 trains, except East Hills (which has three) and Revesby (which has four). Revesby is also the primary intermediate terminus.

City - Macarthur via Granville[edit]

From the City Circle, the northern arm of the route runs along the Main Suburban railway line, which consists of three pairs of tracks between Central and Strathfield stations (six tracks in total). At Strathfield, the Main North Line branches off, and the six tracks become four at Homebush. At Lidcombe, the Main South line branches off. Trains continue west to Granville, where they join the double track Old Main South railway. A flyover carries the 'up' (northbound) line over the 'Y Link' tracks (which carry Cumberland Line services) between Merrylands and Harris Park. North of Yennora station is a connection to a non-electrified goods siding to a Wool Store. The next station is Fairfield, where a set of trailing points at the north of the station allow southbound trains to terminate on platform 2 and return to the city. At Cabramatta, trains join the Main South line via an at-grade junction. South of Warwick Farm, a former line to Warwick Farm Racecourse branched off in an eastbound direction. This line is now closed and the tracks lifted. Four platforms are provided at Liverpool, including two terminating platforms primarily for use by Bankstown Line trains. The line continues south, adjacent to the Georges River, passing Casula and meeting the East Hills railway line north of Glenfield.

Four platforms are provided at Glenfield to allow southbound trains to terminate and for the future South West Rail Link. To the south is a junction for the South West Rail Link. The main line continues south to Campbelltown, where three platforms are provided, plus a dock platform for Southern Highlands Line services. The final station is Macarthur, south of Campbelltown. This is the current limit of electrification and of suburban services. Three platforms are provided here to allow suburban trains to terminate clear of the mainlines which continue south through the Southern Highlands to Albury and ultimately to Melbourne. The line parallels the Southern Sydney Freight Line between Cabramatta and Macarthur stations.

Services[edit]

Services stated here do not include services from Cumberland Line.

Stopping Patterns (Weekdays peak hours)
There are no general stopping patterns for services during weekdays peak hours. However once per day, a train service will set off from the city (continuing from Airport Line) and go to Liverpool via Regents Park:

  • Macarthur to Liverpool via Campbelltown, Glenfield, Revesby, Wolli Creek, International Airport, Central, City Circle (anti-clockwise from Macarthur), Strathfield, Homebush and Regents Park. (1 train per weekday, one directional)

Also, every 15 minutes, Airport Line services will go via Sydenham instead of the airport stations:

  • Town Hall to and from Campbelltown via City Circle (clockwise from Glenfield), Central, Sydenham, Revesby and Glenfield. (4 trains per hour)

Stopping Patterns (Weekdays outside peak hours)

  • Glenfield to and from Revesby via Liverpool, Granville, Strathfield, Central, City Circle (clockwise from Glenfield), International Airport and Wolli Creek. (4 trains per hour, express between Strathfield and Ashfield and between Ashfield and Redfern)
  • Homebush to and from Macarthur via Strathfield, Central, City Circle (clockwise from Homebush), International Airport, Wolli Creek, Revesby, Glenfield and Campbelltown. (2 trains per hour during lunchtime, 4 trains per hour in the mid-afternoon, express between Wolli Creek and Riverwood,)
  • Homebush to and from Campbelltown via Strathfield, Central, City Circle (clockwise from Homebush), International Airport, Wolli Creek and Glenfield. (1 train per hour, express between Wolli Creek and Holsworthy, lunch time only)
  • Homebush to and from Kingsgrove via Strathfield, Central, City Circle (clockwise from Homebush), International Airport and Wolli Creek (1 train per hour, lunchtime only)
  • Liverpool to Museum via Regents Park, Homebush, Strathfield, Central and City Circle (clockwise from Liverpool). (2 trains per afternoon, one directional)

Passengers who want to go to Strathfield or Lidcombe from stations between Macarthur and Glenfield in weekdays outside peak hours, will have to take the Cumberland Line and interchange at Parramatta (or Harris Park) for Western Line services, or take the Airport Line through the city.

Also passengers travelling from any stations between Granville and Ashfield that want to travel to stations between Glenfield and Campbelltown are required to interchange at either Harris Park or Merrylands for the Cumberland Line as it will be the only line serving trains to Campbelltown via Fairfield (change at Glenfield for Macarthur).

Stopping Patterns (Weekends)

  • Glenfield to and from Macarthur via Liverpool, Granville, Strathfield, Central, City Circle (clockwise from Glenfield), International Airport, Wolli Creek, Revesby and Glenfield. (2 trains per hour)
  • Campbelltown to and from Revesby via Glenfield, Liverpool, Granville, Strathfield, Central, City Circle (clockwise from Campbelltown), International Airport and Wolli Creek. (2 trains per hour)
  • Homebush to and from Liverpool via Strathfield, Central, City Circle (clockwise from Homebush) and Bankstown Line.(2 trains per hour)
  • Homebush to and from Lidcombe via Strathfield, Central, City Circle (clockwise from Homebush) and Bankstown Line.(2 trains per hour)

Stations[edit]

Name Code
[1]
Distance from
Central
Opened
[2][3][4][5]
Railway Line Serving Suburbs Other Lines
Macarthur - Central via Granville
Macarthur MCU 56.7 km 1985 Main South Ambarvale, Englorie Park,
Bradbury, Glen Alpine
NSW TrainLink
Campbelltown CAM 54.7 km 1858 Main South Campbelltown, Campbelltown North, Blair Athol Cumberland Line
NSW TrainLink
Leumeah LUM 52.6 km 1886 Main South Leumeah, Woodbine, Claymore Cumberland Line
Minto MIO 49.7 km 1874 Main South Minto, Bow Bowing, St Andrews Cumberland Line
Ingleburn IGB 45.6 km 1869 Main South Ingleburn, Denham Court Cumberland Line
Macquarie Fields MQF 43.8 km 1888 Main South Macquarie Fields, Macquarie Links Cumberland Line
Glenfield GFD 1869 Main South Glenfield Cumberland Line
NSW TrainLink*
* limited services only
Casula CSL Main South Casula Cumberland Line
Liverpool LPO 35.7 km 1856 Main South Liverpool Bankstown Line
Cumberland Line
Warwick Farm WKF 34.2 km 1889 Main South Warwick Farm Bankstown Line
Cumberland Line
Cabramatta CTT 28.4 km 1870 Main South Cabramatta Bankstown Line
Cumberland Line
Canley Vale CVE Old Main South Canley Vale Cumberland Line
Fairfield FFL Old Main South Fairfield Cumberland Line
Yennora YNR Old Main South Yennora Cumberland Line
Guildford GUD Old Main South Guildford Cumberland Line
Merrylands MLN Old Main South Merrylands Cumberland Line
Granville GAV Main Suburban Granville North Shore, Northern & Western Line
NSW TrainLink
Auburn AUB Main Suburban Auburn North Shore, Northern & Western Line
Lidcombe LDC 16.6 km 1858 Main Suburban Lidcombe North Shore, Northern & Western Line
Bankstown Line
Olympic Park Line
Flemington FMG 14.3 km 1884 Main Suburban Flemington
Homebush HSH 12.7 km 1855 Main Suburban Homebush
Strathfield SFD 11.8 km 1876 Main Suburban Strathfield, Homebush North Shore, Northern & Western Line
NSW TrainLink
Burwood BUW 10.6 km 1855 Main Suburban Burwood North Shore, Northern & Western Line
Croydon CYD 9.4 km 1875 Main Suburban Croydon
Ashfield AFD 8.4 km 1855 Main Suburban Ashfield
Summer Hill SMH 7.0 km 1879 Main Suburban Summer Hill
Lewisham LWI 6.3 km 1886 Main Suburban Lewisham, Petersham
Petersham PSM 5.5 km 1857 Main Suburban Petersham
Stanmore SMN 4.7 km 1878 Main Suburban Stanmore
Newtown 3.1 km 1855 Main Suburban Newtown, Erskineville, Macdonaldtown
Macdonaldtown MAC 2.5 km 1878 Main Suburban Macdonaldtown, Erskineville, Newtown
Redfern RDF 1.3 km 1878 Main Suburban Redfern, Waterloo, Darlington North Shore, Northern & Western Line
Bankstown Line
Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line
NSW TrainLink*
* peak hours only
Central SBO 0 km 1855 City Circle Central, Chippendale, Strawberry Hills
Ultimo, Surry Hills
North Shore, Northern & Western Line
Bankstown Line
Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line
NSW TrainLink
Town Hall THL 1.2 km 1932 City Circle Sydney, Darling Harbour North Shore, Northern & Western Line
Bankstown Line
Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line
NSW TrainLink*
*limited services only
Wynyard WYD 2.1 km 1932 City Circle Sydney, The Rocks, Millers Point, Barangaroo North Shore, Northern & Western Line
Bankstown Line
Circular Quay CQY 3.0 km 1956 City Circle Circular Quay, Sydney, The Rocks,
Millers Point, Barangaroo
Bankstown Line
St James SAJ 1926 City Circle Sydney Bankstown Line
Museum MSM 1926 City Circle Sydney Bankstown Line
Central SBO 0 km 1855 City Circle Central, Chippendale, Strawberry Hills
Ultimo, Surry Hills
North Shore, Northern & Western Line
Bankstown Line
Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line
NSW TrainLink
Central - Turrella via Sydenham
Redfern RDF 1.3 km 1878 Illawarra Redfern, Waterloo, Darlington North Shore, Northern & Western Line
Bankstown Line
Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line
NSW TrainLink*
* peak hours only
Sydenham SDN 5.3 km 1884 Illawarra Sydenham, Marrickville Bankstown Line
Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line
Central - Turrella via the airport
Green Square GQE 2.7 km 2000 New Southern Zetland, Beaconsfield, Waterloo
Mascot MCO 5.2 km 2000 New Southern Mascot, Rosebery
Domestic DOM 6.7 km 2000 New Southern Sydney Airport, Mascot
International INT 8.3 km 2000 New Southern Sydney Airport, Mascot
Wolli Creek WOC 7.3 km 2000 New Southern Wolli Creek, Arncliffe Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line
NSW TrainLink
Turrella - Glenfield
Turrella TLL 8.7 km 1931 East Hills Turrella
Bardwell Park BWP 10.1 km 1931 East Hills Bardwell Park, Bardwell Valley, Earlwood
Bexley North BXN 11.4 km 1931 East Hills Bexley North
Kingsgrove KGV 12.6 km 1931 East Hills Kingsgrove
Beverly Hills BVH 14.6 km 1931 East Hills Beverly Hills
Narwee NWE 15.8 km 1931 East Hills Narwee
Riverwood RVD 17.5 km 1931 East Hills Riverwood
Padstow PDW 19.3 km 1931 East Hills Padstow
Revesby RSV 21.0 km 1931 East Hills Revesby, Revesby North
Panania PNA 22.5 km 1931 East Hills Panania
East Hills EHS 24.0 km 1931 East Hills East Hills, Voyager Point, Pleasure Point
Holsworthy HSW 26.7 km 1987 East Hills Holsworthy, Hammondville, Wattle Grove
Glenfield GFD 33.0 km 1869 Main South Glenfield Cumberland Line
NSW TrainLink*
* limited services only
Continues to Macarthur

South West Rail Link[edit]

The South West Rail Link is a line under construction from Glenfield to Leppington, New South Wales, with two new stations at Edmondson Park and Leppington itself, serving the new town centres to be built there. The new line is due for completion in 2015.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bozier, Rolfe, "New South Wales Railways: NSW Station Codes". Retrieved 19 June 2002.
  2. ^ Bozier, Rolfe, "New South Wales Railways: East Hills Line: History". Retrieved 30 December 2006.
  3. ^ Bozier, Rolfe, "New South Wales Railways: Main South Line". Retrieved 10 July 2007.
  4. ^ Bozier, Rolfe, "New South Wales Railways: South Coast Line". Retrieved 10 July 2007.
  5. ^ Bozier, Rolfe, "New South Wales Railways: City Circle". Retrieved 1 July 2007.