Rouse Hill railway station

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Rouse Hill
Rouse Hill Station Entrance
Rouse Hill Station Entrance
LocationTempus Street, Rouse Hill
New South Wales
Australia
Coordinates33°41′29″S 150°55′25″E / 33.691301°S 150.923669°E / -33.691301; 150.923669Coordinates: 33°41′29″S 150°55′25″E / 33.691301°S 150.923669°E / -33.691301; 150.923669
Owned byRailCorp
Operated byMetro Trains Sydney
Distance32km from Chatswood
Platforms2
Train operatorsMetro Trains Sydney
ConnectionsBus
Construction
Structure typeElevated
Bicycle facilities40 spaces
Disabled accessYes
History
Opened26 May 2019
Services
Preceding station   TfNSW M.svg Sydney Metro   Following station
Terminus
M
Metro North West Line
towards Chatswood

Rouse Hill railway station is an elevated rapid transit station built by the Metro Trains Sydney consortium at the Rouse Hill Town Centre in Sydney, Australia. The project forms part of Transport for New South Wales's $8.3 billion Sydney Metro Northwest scheme. Rouse Hill Station is one of two Metro stops in the suburb: the other, Tallawong, is a few kilometres to the west.

From 26 May 2019, Rouse Hill Station provides frequent train services to Chatswood. In later years, as the metro network expands, the Government intends to run trains to the Sydney central business district, Bankstown and Marsden Park.[1][2]

Background[edit]

Then-rural Rouse Hill was identified by Sydney's 1988 metropolitan strategy, Sydney Into Its Third Century, as an area for future development. Under the previous 1968 strategy, new Western Sydney suburbs could only be formed within the broad corridors formed by the suburban rail system. In approving Sydney Into Its Third Century, Planning Minister Bob Carr abolished this guideline: henceforth new areas such as Rouse Hill could be developed far from rail lines, provided space was left for future transport infrastructure.[3]

A decade later, as the region began to grow, Carr had risen to become premier, and sought solutions to the new suburbs' transport problems. The Government's public transport strategy, Action for Transport 2010, released in 1998, proposed a new railway line from the existing suburban network at Epping to Castle Hill. From Castle Hill, the plan said, passengers would change onto a new bus rapid transit system, to be built using the district's hitherto-vacant transport corridors. Both the Castle Hill rail and busway projects were promised for 2010: only the busway eventuated, and only in part.[4][5]

The 1998 plan listed the extension of the Castle Hill line to Rouse Hill as a priority for the decade 2010-20.[4] From then on, a Rouse Hill Station appeared in successive north-western rail proposals, including the "Long-Term Plan for Rail" in 2001,[6] the Metropolitan Rail Expansion Plan in 2005, and a short-lived metro proposal in 2008. As of 2011, nothing had been built besides the Rouse Hill to Parramatta section of the busway network.

Following a change of government, work on the North West Rail Link commenced in 2013.[7]

Design and construction[edit]

Under its $3.7 billion "Operations, Trains and Systems" contract with Transport for NSW, NRT is responsible for the design, construction, fit-out and operation of the new station.[8][9][10][11]

The station is located just to the south of the Windsor Road rail bridge. This structure, a cable-stayed suspension bridge designed by Italian civil firm Salini Impregilo, is a visual icon for the district.[12] Both opened 26 May 2019.

Services[edit]

External image
Rouse Hill Bus Guide by Transport for NSW

Rouse Hill has two side platforms. It is served by Metro North West Line services.[8][13] Rouse Hill station is served by a number of bus routes operated by Busways and Hillsbus.[14]

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1 Services to Chatswood
2 Services to Tallawong

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Transport for New South Wales (June 2012). Sydney's rail future: modernising Sydney's trains (PDF).
  2. ^ Sydney Metro City & Southwest Project Overview Archived 17 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine Sydney Metro June 2015
  3. ^ Department of Environment and Planning (1988). Sydney Into Its Third Century: Metropolitan Strategy for the Sydney Region. Sydney.
  4. ^ a b New South Wales Department of Transport (1998). Action for transport 2010: an integrated transport strategy for Sydney.
  5. ^ ComfortDelGro Cabcharge, Hillsbus Service Update: Routes T63, T64, T65 and 610", 25 September 2007. Accessed 26 September 2007.
  6. ^ Christie, Ron (2001). Long-term strategic plan for rail. Sydney: Office of the Co-ordinator General of Rail.
  7. ^ Construction will soon begin on the North West Rail Link after tunnel contracts were awarded Daily Telegraph 25 June 2013
  8. ^ a b Rouse Hill station Sydney Metro - Transport for NSW
  9. ^ North West Rail Link $340 million skytrain contract awarded Archived 2 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine Transport for NSW 18 December 2013
  10. ^ $8.3 billion North West Rail Link to open in late 2019 Archived 26 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine Transport for NSW 16 June 2013
  11. ^ "North West Rail Link: Operations Trains and Systems PPP (Package 3)". Archived from the original on 20 March 2015.
  12. ^ Saulwick, Jacob (2 June 2015). "North West Rail Link: Costs blow out on Sydney's biggest public transport project".
  13. ^ "M: Metro North West line timetable". Transport for NSW.
  14. ^ Rouse Hill Station Transport for NSW

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