Liverpool–Parramatta T-way

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Liverpool–Parramatta T-way
Logo of the T-Way
Overview
Type Bus rapid transit
System T-ways
Status Active
Locale Sydney
Termini Liverpool
Parramatta
Stations 35
Operation
Opened February 2003
Owner Transport for NSW
Operator(s) Transit Systems Sydney
Technical
Line length 30 km (19 mi)

The Liverpool–Parramatta T-way is a bus rapid transit line in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. "T-way" is short for rapid bus transitway.

Route and services[edit]

The 31 km (19.3 mi) T-way links the railway stations at Parramatta and Liverpool via a series of bus-only roadways and bus lanes. Services using the T-way are operated by Transit Systems Sydney. Before that, these services were operated by Western Sydney Buses (a subsidiary of the State Transit Authority). They were under Sydney Bus Region 3 and were transferred to Transit Systems Sydney on 13 October 2013, who won the tender to be the new operator of the region including the T-way.

A long-awaited first step in a plan to improve public transport services in Sydney's western suburbs, the T-way initially failed to live up to expectations, carrying half the number of passengers expected.[1] Patronage has increased significantly, with annual patronage increasing by 328,000 in 2006.[2] Patronage continues to grow, and in 2014-15 services were operating at capacity.[3]

Design and construction[edit]

A T-way station

The T-way was constructed as a joint venture between the New South Wales Ministry of Transport and the Roads and Traffic Authority of New South Wales opening in February 2003 at a cost of $345.7 million.[4]

The line runs through the central business district of Parramatta, before heading onto the Great Western Highway to South Wentworthville, after which it heads onto its own alignment next to the Sydney Water pipeline that runs from Prospect reservoir. It then proceeds on its own alignment in an old freeway reservation through to Hoxton Park. At Brickmakers' Creek in Liverpool it heads onto its own alignment to the centre of Liverpool and the railway station bus interchange. The system includes active traffic signal priority to give buses preference where the route crosses other roadways.[5]

The T-way has 35 stations, spaced approx. every 800 metres. These stations are more substantial than normal bus stops, which has led to criticism that the system is overly costly and vulnerable to vandalism. These stations have:[1]

  • closed circuit television cameras
  • extensive lighting
  • display screens that provide real-time information on arrival and departure times
  • real-time digital information (these have since been removed)
  • easy accessibility
  • bicycle parking
  • emergency help points
  • landscaping
  • plate glass walls
  • audio announcements as buses are approaching
  • security guards at some stations

Services[edit]

There are a number of services using portions of the T-way. The only service to have the prefix T is T80, which runs along the whole stretch of the T-way. In the financial year ended June 2012, 2.77 million passengers used the T-way services.[6]

Provision of the service T80 was put out to tender and an eight-year contract awarded to Western Sydney Buses.[4] Services were initially provided by 17 natural-gas Mercedes-Benz O405NH buses in blue and yellow T-way livery. These were replaced in 2004 by diesel Volvo B12BLEs. All services are wheelchair-accessible and air-conditioned.

Since October 2013 services have been operated by Transit Systems Sydney as part of its Sydney Bus Region 3 contract.[6] All State Transit bus fleet used for the T-way were transferred to Transit Systems Sydney. The liveries of these buses still show the colours of State Transit, blue and white, with some now in the Transport NSW livery. Buses inherited from State Transit have on-board audio announcements and green automatic validating machines. All buses on the T80 route both inherited and new are Opal activated as at 14 July 2014.

Service frequency[edit]

  • peak hours every 3 – 10 minutes
  • off peak every 10 minutes
  • Saturday every 20 minutes
  • Sunday and public holidays - every 20 minutes[7]

Hours of operation (time of departure)[edit]

  • Monday to Friday - 04:30 to 00:15
  • Saturday - 06:00 to 01:15
  • Sunday - 06:00 to 00:15

Liverpool–Parramatta stations[edit]

The Liverpool–Parramatta T-way serves Parramatta, Mays Hill, South Wentworthville, Merrylands West, Woodpark, Smithfield, Wetherill Park, Prairiewood, Busby, Cartwright, Miller, Prestons, Lurnea and Liverpool. Most services stop at all stations, with a limited service running only between Bonnyrigg and Parramatta. Stations are as follows:

Name of station
(Major stations in italics)
Fare Section Stopping Patterns Suburbs Served Connections
Liverpool–Parramatta T-way
Liverpool 19 Bullet-red.png Liverpool Airport, Inner West & South Line, Bankstown Line, Cumberland Line, South West Rail Link, Connecting Bus Services in Liverpool
Macquarie 18 Bullet-red.png Liverpool
Memorial 18 Bullet-red.png Liverpool
Brickmakers 17 Bullet-red.png Liverpool
Maxwells 16 Bullet-red.png Cartwright, Lurnea Bus routes 802, 803, 853, 854
Ash 15 Bullet-red.png Miller, Prestons Bus routes 853, 854
Miller 14 Bullet-red.png Miller, Hinchinbrook, Hoxton Park Bus routes 853, 854
Hinchinbrook 14 Bullet-red.png Hinchinbrook, Miller
Cartwright 14 Bullet-red.png Hinchinbrook, Miller, Busby
Busby 13 Bullet-red.png Busby, Green Valley Bus routes 805, S10
Green Valley 12 Bullet-red.png Green Valley, Bonnyrigg Heights Bus route 807
Brown 12 Bullet-red.png Bonnyrigg Heights
Bonnyrigg 12 Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bonnyrigg Bus routes 802, 804, 805, 806, 807, 808, 813, 816, 817
Clear Paddock 12 Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bonnyrigg
St Johns 11 Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png St Johns Park, Wakeley, Prairiewood Bus services 804 819
Orphan School 10 Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Prairiewood, Bossley Park Bus routes 819
Prairiewood 10 Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Prairiewood, Bossley Park Bus Routes 800, 806, 808, 813, 817, 819, 835
Horsley 9 Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bossley Park, Wetherill Park Bus Routes 800, 806, 808, 813
Victoria 9 Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Wetherill Park Bus Routes 800, 806, 808, 812
Elizabeth 8 Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Wetherill Park Bus Route 806
Wetherill 8 Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Wetherill Park
Hassall 7 Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Wetherill Park, Prospect
Gipps 6 Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Smithfield, Greystanes, Prospect Bus Routes 806, 812
Cooper 6 Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Smithfield Bus Route 821
Smithfield 5 Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Smithfield Bus Route 821
Warren 4 Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Smithfield, Woodpark Bus Route 821
Woodpark 4 Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Woodpark, Guildford West
Canal 3 Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Merrylands West
Sherwood 3 Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Woodpark Bus Routes 806
Centenary 2 Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png South Wentworthville
Finlayson 2 Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Wentworthville,
South Wentworthville
Coleman 1 Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Westmead, Wentworthville,
South Wentworthville
Mays Hill 1 Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Westmead, Mays Hill
Pitt 0 Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Parramatta
Parramatta 0 Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Bullet-red.png Parramatta North Shore, Northern & Western Line, Cumberland Line, Blue Mountains Line, Connecting Bus Services in Parramatta

T-ways in Sydney[edit]

Main article: T-way

T-ways were conceived as an alternative to commuter railway services because of their potential lower cost and higher flexibility. T-ways can be constructed without the need for a dedicated corridor or tunnel. Buses can join and leave the T-way along the route, giving the T-way a wider feeder area than rail.

T-ways are separate bus-only roads where undeveloped railway and motorway corridors are available, and as bus-only lanes on existing roads.

T-ways can be used only by rapid bus services, selected local bus services and emergency vehicles. Other motorists using a bus lane (except to turn or overtake) can be fined. There are other bus-only roads in Sydney, including at Moore Park and a dedicated roadway in the centre of the M2 Hills Motorway. Sydney has a large and expanding network of bus-only lanes on main roads.

Proposed conversion to rail[edit]

In May 2016 the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils voted to support conversion of the route into a rail line.[8]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jordan Baker (2006-08-25). "Transport's vision splendid running at only half capacity". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2007-01-04. 
  2. ^ Jordan Baker (2006-12-06). "Bus use defended". Sydney Morning Herald. 
  3. ^ "5. Service Delivery - Volume Six 2015 Transport". Audit Office of New South Wales. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2015. The heavily patronised T80 Parramatta to Liverpool T-way service continues to grow and operate at capacity in region three. 
  4. ^ a b Auditor General's Report Liverpool to Parramatta Bus Transitway Auditor General of NSW December 2005
  5. ^ Currie, Graham (2010). "Bus Rapid Transit in Australasia: An Update on Progress.". Built Environment. 36 (3): p.334. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  6. ^ a b State Transit Authority Annual Report State Transport Authority 30 June 2012
  7. ^ "Route T80 timetable" (PDF). Transit Systems, Sydney. 27 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Councils back plan for rail along T-way between Liverpool and Parramatta". May 5, 2016.