Sydenham railway station, Sydney

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For other stations called Sydenham, see Sydenham (disambiguation).
Sydenham Station CityRail.jpg
Station statistics
Address Gleeson Avenue, Sydenham
New South Wales, Australia
Elevation 11 feet (3.4 m)
Line(s) Illawarra line
Connections Bus
Distance 5.31 km (3.30 mi) from Central
Structure type Ground
Platforms 6 (2 Island, 2 Side)
Tracks 6
Other information
Opened 1884
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code SDN
Owned by RailCorp
Operator Sydney Trains
Website Sydney Trains Link
Preceding station   Sydney Trains   Following station
towards Macarthur
Airport Line
peak hours only
towards Circular Quay
towards Lidcombe or Liverpool
Bankstown Line
towards Circular Quay
towards Waterfall or Cronulla
Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line

Sydenham railway station is a major interchange station located in the small Sydney suburb of Sydenham, serving the Airport, Inner West & South Line, Bankstown Line and Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line of the Sydney Trains system. The Illawarra line platforms are also used by a very small number of NSW TrainLink South Coast line services. All platforms are accessed via a concourse at the southern end of the station.


Sydenham station, originally named Marrickville, opened in 1884 with the construction of the Illawarra railway line to Hurstville.[1] It was originally constructed with two platform faces (the current platform faces 3 and 4). When the Bankstown line opened in 1896, it became a junction station and was renamed Sydenham.[2] Two additional platform faces (now platforms 2 and 5) came with quadruplication in 1907. The substantial platform building on the current platform 2/3 island previously faced the street.

In 1928, the tracks were rearranged and an additional platform, current platform 6, was brought into use. At this stage there was no track at the current platform face 2. The Bankstown lines were brought into the current platforms 1 and 2 in 1962 to relieve congestion and as part of a plan to add an additional two tracks between Sydenham and Erskineville for the Eastern Suburbs/Illawarra line. This latter project was never fully completed.

Sydenham station now has side platforms at both the eastern and western extremities of the station (platforms 1 and 6 respectively) and two island platforms for the four inner tracks. Platforms 1 and 2 serve the Bankstown Line, Platforms 5 and 6 serve the Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line. Platforms 3 and 4 now receive only an intermittent peak hour Airport, Inner West & South Line service (most services are now diverted through the Airport underground line).

A new Easy Access compliant concourse including four lifts and new stairs to access the platforms opened in February 2013.[3] The upgrade also included new ticketing facilities, a new family accessible toilet and staff facilities.[4]

Platforms and services[edit]

Bankstown Line services operate every 15 minutes during weekdays and weekends (07:30 to 17:30) daytimes and half hourly at other times to the City Circle from platform 1 and to Liverpool or Lidcombe via Bankstown from platform 2. Airport, Inner West & South services operate intermittently (mainly during peak hours) to the City Circle from platform 3 and to Campbelltown and Macarthur via Revesby from platform 4. Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line services operate from platform 5 to Bondi Junction every 8 – 15 minutes, and from platform 6 to Hurstville, Waterfall and Cronulla via Hurstville (every 8–15 minutes to each).[5]

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

Some South Coast Line trains also stop here.

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
all stations and limited stops services to Central and the City Circle Opened 1962
all stations and limited stops services to Bankstown, Lidcombe and Liverpool via Bankstown Opened 1907, closed 1928, reopened 1962
weekday peak hour all stations, limited stops and express services to Central and the City Circle Original platform
weekday peak hour all stations, limited stops and express services to Campbelltown and Macarthur via East Hills Original platform
all stations and limited stops services to Bondi Junction via Central Opened 1907
all stations and limited stops services to Hurstville, Mortdale, Sutherland, Cronulla and Waterfall via Hurstville Opened 1928

Direct Southern Highlands services between Central and Moss Vale or Goulburn pass this station without stopping, using the middle pair of tracks.

Transport links[edit]

Sydney Buses runs three routes via Sydenham station:



Track arrangement at Sydenham


  1. ^ "South Coast Line". Retrieved 8 January 2007. 
  2. ^ Station Information N to Z Forsyth, J.H. State Rail Authority 1997
  3. ^ Improved public transport facilities for Sydenham commuters Transport for NSW
  4. ^ CityRail Update Bankstown and Inner West Edition August 2011
  5. ^ "CityRail Timetables". CityRail. Retrieved 11 July 2009. 

Coordinates: 33°54′52″S 151°10′00″E / 33.914525°S 151.1665333°E / -33.914525; 151.1665333