Macarthur railway station

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Macarthur railway station.jpg
Northbound view from Platform 3 in November 2011
Location Menangle Road, Campbelltown
Coordinates 34°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 by RailCorp
Operated by Sydney Trains
Line(s) Main South
Distance 43.2 kilometres from Central
Platforms 3 (1 island, 1 side)
Tracks 4
Connections Bus
Structure type Ground
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Status Staffed
Station code MCA
Website Sydney Trains
Opened 28 July 1985
Electrified Yes
Preceding station   Sydney Trains   Following station
Terminus T2
Airport Line
towards Circular Quay
Preceding station   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 T2 Airport line 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 were dropped and the plan was modified to be an un-manned station, new, station. The plan was later changed to be 1800m to its current location, being build 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. [1] Construction started in November 1983 with the station opening on 28 July 1985.[2][3][4] It was initially only served by a few peak-hour services until a new timetable was introduced on 16 November 1986.[5]

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.[6]

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
services to Central & the City Circle via Revesby [7]
services to Central & the City Circle via Revesby [7]
services to Campbelltown & Central [8]
3 services to Moss Vale & Goulburn [8]


  1. ^ "Campbelltown Railway Station" ARHS [1]
  2. ^ "1983/84 Annual Report" Railway Digest April 1985 page 95
  3. ^ Macarthur Station
  4. ^ "Macarthur Station's Few Trains" Railway Digest August 1985 page 233
  5. ^ "Supersize Trains for Central Coast" Railway Digest November 1986 page 339
  6. ^ Macarthur Turnback Project Transport Construction Authority
  7. ^ a b "T2: Airport line timetable" (PDF). Sydney Trains. 20 October 2013 [amended January 2015]. 
  8. ^ a b "Southern Highlands line timetable" (PDF). NSW Trainlink. 18 April 2015. 

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