Bankstown Line

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Bankstown Line
TfNSW T3.svg
Campsie station.jpg
Overview
Service type Commuter rail
Locale Sydney, New South Wales
First service 15 October 1884 (1884-10-15)
Current operator(s) Sydney Trains
Route
Start Central
Stops 33
End Lidcombe, Liverpool
Line used Bankstown railway line
Technical
Rolling stock A, M, C, K and S sets
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Bankstown Line
Km
3.0 Circular Quay
↓ 4.4 St James
↑ 2.1 Wynyard
↓ 5.0 Museum
↑ 1.2 Town Hall
0.0 Central
Airport line
1.3 Redfern
Main Suburban line
2.9 Erskineville
3.8 St Peters
5.3 Sydenham
Metropolitan Goods line
Illawarra line
6.6 Marrickville
7.9 Dulwich Hill
8.8 Hurlstone Park
10.2 Canterbury
Cooks River
11.7 Campsie
Metropolitan Goods line
13.3 Belmore
14.5 Lakemba
15.4 Wiley Park
16.5 Punchbowl
18.7 Bankstown
20.2 Yagoona
22.1 Birrong
Metropolitan Goods line
Main Suburban line
16.6 Lidcombe
19.9 Regents Park
18.4 Berala
Main Suburban line
21.2 Sefton
22.3 Chester Hill
23.7 Leightonfield
24.5 Villawood
25.9 Carramar
Prospect Creek
Old Main South line
28.4 Cabramatta
34.2 Warwick Farm
35.7 Liverpool
Main South line

The Bankstown Line (numbered T3, coloured orange) is a commuter rail line operated by Sydney Trains in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It serves Canterbury-Bankstown and parts of the Inner West and Western Sydney. The Bankstown railway line is the physical railway line which carries the section of the Bankstown Line between Sydenham and Birrong.

History

Railway line history

The Bankstown railway line opened between Sydenham on the Illawarra railway line and Belmore in 1895.[1] This was the first solely suburban line to open in Sydney- all other rail lines were mainlines carrying traffic into and out of Sydney. In 1909, the line was extended to Bankstown, with intermediate stations at Lakemba and Punchbowl. In 1916, the Metropolitan Goods Line was constructed, running parallel to the Bankstown Line between Marrickville and Campsie. A second extension, from Bankstown to Birrong, opened in 1928. This provided connections to the main suburban railway at Lidcombe and the main south line to Liverpool. A new station between Lakemba and Punchbowl at Wiley Park opened in 1938.

In 1926 the Bankstown Line became the second line in Sydney to be electrified and a maintenance depot was constructed at Punchbowl. Electrification was extended from Bankstown to Regents Park in 1939.[2] The Punchbowl Maintenance Depot closed in 1994.

In January 2006 a four-year project to upgrade the line was completed.[citation needed] The work included the resleepering of the entire line, replacing the former wooden sleepers with the more durable concrete ones, replacement and upgrade of the signalling, and also replacement of the ageing catenary, mostly with the more modern double contact wire variety. The lengthy upgrade process was noted for its "January Closedowns", in which the entire line was closed in January for the bulk of the upgrade work to take place.

Commuter line history

Electric passenger services operated along the Bankstown Line to Wynyard station until the 1956 opening of Circular Quay station and the completion of the City Circle. In 1979 with the opening of the Eastern Suburbs line the direction around the City Circle reversed with trips from Bankstown going to St James first and vice versa.

Operation of the Bankstown Line had been tied to the operation of all stations services on the Main Suburban railway line between Lidcombe and the City (marketed as the Inner West Line). Services consisted of a mixture of "Bankstown loop" trains (City - Sydenham - Bankstown - Lidcombe - Strathfield - City) and trains from both sides of the loop (Birrong or Regents Park) heading to Sefton and then further west.

A new timetable released in October 2013 broke the loop between the two lines. As part of the Rail Clearways Program, new turnbacks were constructed at Lidcombe and Homebush to allow the separation of both lines and increase their reliability and frequency. Services were also changed to operate mostly around the City Circle via Town Hall on weekdays (rather than via Museum). As part of the timetable change, a new numbering system was also introduced and the line was given the number T3. A sextuplication project between Erskinevile and Sydenham was also proposed as part of the Rail Clearways Program, but was cancelled in 2011. It was intended to separate Bankstown line services from those operating towards East Hills. The 2013 timetable see most East Hills line trains using the Airport line to access the city.

The line was depicted in a brown colour in the early 1990s[3] before being changed to a purple colour around 2000,[4] before it became the current orange colour.

Future projects

Sydney Metro City & Southwest is a plan to convert the Sydenham to Bankstown section of the line to use single deck metro trains. A new tunnel will be constructed between Sydenham and Chatswood, for access to the city. The stations at St Peters, Erskineville and the Bankstown to Liverpool / Lidcombe sections of the line will not be served by the metro; service patterns for these sections have not been announced.

Description of line

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The Bankstown line begins at Sydenham railway station on the Illawarra line. The line branches at Sydenham Junction and passes in a westwards direction to Bankstown, where it heads north to Birrong. Between Marrickville and Campsie, the Metropolitan Goods line runs in parallel. At Birrong, the line meets the Main South Line which runs from Lidcombe to Cabramatta via Regents Park.

Commuter line route

Passenger services begin at Town Hall station on the City Circle. Most services operate around the City Circle in a clockwise direction to Central, then through Redfern. Trains usually operate on the 'Illawarra local' (western pair) tracks between Redfern and Sydenham, serving St Peters and Erskineville stations. At Birrong, about half of the Bankstown line trains continue north to Lidcombe. The other half goes west to Liverpool.

The line serves two major centres in Western Sydney, namely Bankstown and Liverpool.

Services

Stopping Patterns (Weekdays peak hours)
There are no general stopping patterns for services during weekdays peak hours. However once per day, a morning train service sets off from the city to Liverpool via Strathfield and Regents Park, and two afternoon train services set off in the reverse direction:

  • Liverpool to and from City Circle via all stations to Regents Park, Lidcombe, then all stations to Central via Homebush and Strathfield, Town Hall, Wynyard, Circular Quay, St James, Museum, Central. Continues as T8 Airport & South Line to Campbelltown. (1 morning train towards Liverpool, 2 afternoon trains towards Campbelltown)

There are 3 different stopping patterns for morning peak Liverpool to the City Circle via Bankstown services: (3 services following 1 of the 3 stopping patterns every 30 minutes)

  • Liverpool, Warwick Farm, Cabramatta, Chester Hill, Sefton, Birrong, Bankstown, Lakemba, Campsie, Dulwich Hill, Marrickville, Sydenham, Redfern, Central and then all stations to the City Circle via Town Hall.
  • Liverpool, then all stations to Birrong, Bankstown, Lakemba, Campsie, Sydenham, St Peters, Redfern, Central and then all stations to the City Circle via Museum.
  • Liverpool, then all stations to Leightonfield, Bankstown, Belmore, Dulwich Hill, Marrickville, Sydenham, Erskineville, Redfern, Central, then all stations to the City Circle via Town Hall.

There are 2 different stopping patterns for morning peak Lidcombe to the City Circle via Bankstown services:

  • All stations from Lidcombe to the City Circle via Bankstown & Town Hall except for St Peters.
  • All stations from Lidcombe to the City Circle via Bankstown & Museum except for Dulwich Hill & Marrickville.

During afternoon peak, trains from the City Circle to Liverpool via Bankstown run every 15 minutes (making it 2 trains every 30 minutes unlike morning peak services from Liverpool to the City Circle via Bankstown which is 3 trains every 30 minutes), first running around the City Circle via Museum (like weekdays off peak), then after stopping at Redfern the second time at Platform 6, trains will stop at Sydenham, Marrickville, Campsie, Lakemba, Bankstown, Birrong and then all stations to Liverpool. Trains from the City Circle to Lidcombe via Bankstown run every 15 minutes during both peak and off-peak, stopping all stations to Lidcombe.

Stopping Patterns (Weekdays outside peak hours)

  • Lidcombe to City Circle (clockwise): via all stations to Regents Park, then all stations to Central, Town Hall, Wynyard, Circular Quay, St James, Museum, Central. Continues as T8 Airport & South Line to Macarthur. (4 trains per hour)
  • City Circle (clockwise) to Lidcombe: via Central, Town Hall, Wynyard, Circular Quay, St James, Museum, Central, then all stations to Birrong, then all stations to Lidcombe. Continues from T2 Inner West & Leppington Line from Leppington. (4 trains per hour)
  • Liverpool to and from City Circle: via all stations to Sefton, then Birrong, Bankstown, Lakemba, Campsie, Marrickville, Sydenham, Redfern, Central, Town Hall, Wynyard, Circular Quay, St James, Museum, Central then terminates at Redfern (platform 10). (2 trains per hour)
  • Trains from the City Circle to Liverpool via Bankstown first operate a City Circle via Museum service (instead of via Town Hall) starting from Redfern Platform 9. After operating the City Circle via Museum and stopping at Redfern the second time (at Platform 6) the stopping pattern is: Sydenham, Marrickville, Campsie, Lakemba, Bankstown, Birrong, and then all stations to Liverpool. (2 trains per hour)

This gives a combined frequency of 6 trains per hour per direction at Bankstown station.

Stopping Patterns (Weekends)

  • Lidcombe to and from City Circle (clockwise): via all stations to Regents Park, then all stations to Central, Town Hall, Wynyard, Circular Quay, St James, Museum, Central, then continuing as the return service below to Liverpool (2 trains per hour)
  • City Circle (clockwise) to and from Liverpool: continuing from above service, all stations to Birrong, then all stations to Liverpool (2 trains per hour)

This gives a combined frequency of 4 trains per hour (trains every 15 min) per direction on any station between Birrong and Marrickville. Also, T3 services do not use the anticlockwise City Circle loop on weekends.

Stations

Name Distance from
Central

[5] [6] [7] [8]

Opened

[5][6][7][8]

Railway line Serving suburbs Other lines
Town Hall - Birrong
Town Hall 1.2 km 1932 City Circle Sydney, Darling Harbour
Wynyard 2.1 km 1932 Sydney, The Rocks, Millers Point
Circular Quay 3.0 km 1956 Circular Quay, Sydney
The Rocks, Millers Point
St James km 1926 Sydney
Museum km 1926 Sydney
Central 0 km 1855 Central, Strawberry Hills
Ultimo, Surrey Hills
Redfern 1.3 km 1878 Illawarra Redfern, Waterloo, Darlington
The University of Sydney

(T8 peak hours only)
Erskineville 2.9 km 1884 Erskineville, Macdonaldtown, Newtown
St Peters 3.8 km 1884 St Peters, Alexandria, Erskineville, Newtown

(T8 peak hours only)
Sydenham 5.3 km 1884 Sydenham, Marrickville, St Peters

(T8 peak hours only)
Marrickville 6.6 km 1895 Bankstown Marrickville, Marrickville South
Dulwich Hill 7.9 km 1895 Dulwich Hill, Marrickville, Hurlstone Park
Hurlstone Park 8.8 km 1895 Hurlstone Park, Canterbury
Canterbury 10.2 km 1895 Canterbury
Campsie 11.7 km 1895 Campsie
Belmore 13.3 km 1895 Belmore
Lakemba 14.5 km 1909 Lakemba
Wiley Park 15.4 km 1938 Wiley Park, Lakemba, Punchbowl
Punchbowl 16.5 km 1909 Punchbowl
Bankstown 18.7 km 1909 Bankstown
Yagoona 20.6 km 1928 Yagoona
Birrong 22.1 km 1928 Birrong
Birrong - Lidcombe
Regents Park 19.9 km 1912 Main South Regents Park
Berala 18.4 km 1912 Berala
Lidcombe 16.6 km 1858 Lidcombe
Birrong - Liverpool
Sefton 21.2 km 1924 Main South Sefton
Chester Hill 22.3 km 1924 Chester Hill
Leightonfield 23.7 km 1942 Villawood
Vilawood 24.5 km 1924 Villawood
Carramar 25.9 km 1924 Carramar
Cabramatta 28.4 km 1870 Cabramatta
Warwick Farm 34.2 km 1889 Warwick Farm
Liverpool 35.7 km 1856 Liverpool

Patronage

The following chart shows the relative patronage of Sydney Trains' seven lines in the 2016-17 financial year.

References

  1. ^ "NSW Railway Passenger Services 1880-1905". Australian Railway History, April 2005. ARHS NSW Division. 
  2. ^ Brady, I. Sydney Electric Trains From 1926 to 1960. Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, Vol 52, no 762. April 2001.
  3. ^ NSWrail map 1992
  4. ^ Sydney Suburban Network map, 2000
  5. ^ a b "NSW Rail.net Bankstown line". Retrieved 1 July 2007. 
  6. ^ a b "NSW Rail.net South Coast line". Retrieved 1 July 2007. 
  7. ^ a b "NSW Rail.net City Circle". Retrieved 1 July 2007. 
  8. ^ a b "NSW Rail.net Lidcombe-Cabramatta line". Retrieved 1 July 2007. 

External links

  • "T3: Bankstown line timetable" (PDF). Sydney Trains. 20 October 2013 [amended January 2015]. 
  • CityRail News and Media - Completion of the Bankstown line upgrade
  • CityRail News and Media - History of the Bankstown line

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