Sydenham railway station, Sydney
Railway Road entrance in October 2017.
|Location||Gleeson Avenue, Sydenham|
|Operated by||Sydney Trains|
|Distance||5.31 kilometres from Central|
|Platforms||6 (2 island, 2 side)|
|Website||Transport for NSW|
|Opened||15 October 1884|
|Passengers (2013)||5,620 (daily) (Sydney Trains, NSW TrainLink)|
In 1896, Sydenham became a junction station with the opening of the Bankstown line with the current platforms 3 and 4 opened. 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 re-arranged with the current Platform 2 closed and platform 6 opened in its place. In 1960-62, to relieve congestion at the station and in preparation for the planned Eastern Suburbs line, Platform 2 was re-opened and another platform, now Platform 1, built. This resulted in Bankstown line trains being re-routed from current platforms 3 and 4 to the new platforms.
It had been intended that the tracks on platforms 1 and 2 would extend along the alignment to Erskineville as an adjunct to the Eastern Suburbs railway. This plan was never completed, although partial platforms were erected at St Peters and Erskineville in preparation. Because of this, Bankstown line trains continue to run on the same tracks as East Hills services, and the result of the additional platforms is that the Bankstown line's junction with the Illawarra line has been merely moved from the south of Sydenham station to the north. The construction of Platform 1 included a brick parcel office on the northern end of the platform. One of the few free-standing parcel offices on the Sydney network, it was in service until the 1980s. Now closed, the building itself remains standing.
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 and Platforms 5 and 6 serve the Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line. Prior to the opening of the Airport line in May 2000, all East Hills line services operated via platforms 3 and 4. Most East Hills trains now run via the Airport line, although some peak hour services continue to travel via Sydenham using these platforms.
A new concourse including four lifts and new stairs to access the platforms opened in February 2013. The upgrade also included new ticketing facilities, a new family accessible toilet and staff facilities.
Platforms and services
|1||services to Central & the City Circle||Opened 1962 occasional services from Lidcombe terminate here|
|2||services to Lidcombe & Liverpool via Bankstown||Opened 1907, closed 1928, reopened 1962|
|3||limited morning peak services to Central & the City Circle||Original platform|
|4||limited evening peak services to Campbelltown||Original platform|
|5||services to Bondi Junction||Opened 1907|
|6||services to Cronulla, Waterfall & Helensburgh||Opened 1928|
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- "T8: Airport & South line timetable". Transport for NSW.
- "T4: Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra line timetable". Transport for NSW.
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