Macarthur railway station

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Macarthur Railway Station April 2018.jpg
Southbound view in April 2018
LocationMenangle Road, Campbelltown
Coordinates34°04′19″S 150°47′49″E / 34.071893°S 150.79687°E / -34.071893; 150.79687Coordinates: 34°04′19″S 150°47′49″E / 34.071893°S 150.79687°E / -34.071893; 150.79687
Owned byRailCorp
Operated bySydney Trains
Line(s)Main South
Distance43.2 kilometres from Central
Platforms3 (1 island, 1 side)
Structure typeGround
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeMCA
WebsiteTransport for NSW
Opened28 July 1985
Passengers (2013)2,300 (daily)[1] (Sydney Trains, NSW TrainLink)
Preceding station   TfNSW T.svg Sydney Trains   Following station
Airport & South Line
towards City Circle
Preceding station   TfNSW T.svg NSW TrainLink   Following station
towards Central
Southern Highlands Line
towards Goulburn

Macarthur railway station is located on the Main South line, serving the Sydney suburb of Campbeltown. It is served by Sydney Trains T8 Airport & South and NSW TrainLink Southern Highlands Line services. It is the southern extremity of the electrified Sydney Trains network.


In 1976, a plan was created to build a new station 488m in the southern direction of the existing Campbelltown railway station. The plan for a "new" Campbelltown station was dropped and the plan was modified to be an unmanned, new, station. The plan was later changed to be 1800m to its current location, being built to serve a shopping centre being build 500m away. The station was originally supposed to be named Ambarvale, after the suburb it is located, but this was later changed to Macarthur, the name of the region. [2] Construction started in November 1983 with the station opening on 28 July 1985.[3][4][5] It was initially only served by a few peak-hour services until a new timetable was introduced on 16 November 1986.[6]

The station initially consisted of two side platforms. Because suburban trains terminating on the main lines caused congestion to through trains, a side turnback platform was added in time for the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Under the CityRail Clearways Project, Macarthur received an upgrade. This work, completed in late 2010, included refurbishment of the station, a bus interchange, and a new carpark. In a proposed second stage, Macarthur was to receive a fourth platform for through trains heading south, however, the project was cancelled.[7]

In January 2013, the Southern Sydney Freight Line opened to the west of the station.

Electrification through the Macarthur station site was completed in 1968 as part of the Liverpool-Glenlee electrification project. Electric passenger trains terminated at Campbelltown, but freight trains continued to Glenlee coal siding and loader (now in Mount Annan) so that electrically hauled coal trains could connect it and Port Kembla. The Glenlee coal loader has closed and electric trains are stopped at Macarthur, with the wires only extending a few hundred metres down the line.

Platforms and services[edit]

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1 services to Central & the City Circle via Revesby [8]
2 services to Central & the City Circle via Revesby [8]
services to Campbelltown & Central[9]
3 services to Moss Vale & Goulburn [9]


  1. ^ Bureau of Transport Statistics. "Train Statistics 2014" (PDF). Transport NSW. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Campbelltown Railway Station" ARHS [1]
  3. ^ "1983/84 Annual Report" Railway Digest April 1985 page 95
  4. ^ Macarthur Station
  5. ^ "Macarthur Station's Few Trains" Railway Digest August 1985 page 233
  6. ^ "Supersize Trains for Central Coast" Railway Digest November 1986 page 339
  7. ^ Macarthur Turnback Project Archived 3 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine Transport Construction Authority
  8. ^ a b "T8: Airport & South line timetable". Transport for NSW.
  9. ^ a b "Southern Highlands line timetable". Transport for NSW.

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