Train commuters are being advised to plan their journeys this week, with the closure of the Epping to Chatswood rail line kicking off today.
Services will cease for the next seven months, as work ramps up on the North West metro.
Once it’s completed, the stations will be the first to experience Sydney’s new trainline that will run from Rouse Hill to Chatswood with completion due in 2019.
“When metro comes in everyone’s going to be completely amazed,” said Transport Minister, Andrew Constance.
“The new single-deck turn up and go metro service will be on par with that of Singapore and Hong Kong.”
Buses will replace trains between the two stops for the closure period, with the State Government investing $49 million in Station Link – which will provide thousands of extra services.
The high-frequency buses will service stations between Epping and Chatswood.
The Minister is advising us to take public transport where we can, with fears of a “car-maggedon” in areas like Macquarie Park.
“We’re going to have to encourage people to get to work earlier and leave a little later. Try and avoid travelling in the peak periods if you can,” Mr Constance said.
Train, bus and road commuters have also been warned of an increase in travel times – up to 30 minutes for some trips.
Because of the closure of the Epping to Chatswood rail line, timetables have been altered across Sydney’s train network.
While the State Government is confident Sydney commuters will quickly adapt, the Opposition is raising concerns about whether the changes have been publicised enough.
“We don’t believe everyone is aware this is happening,” said Shadow Transport Minister Jodi McKay.
“It’s going to have a big impact on people’s journeys, and that’ll reverberate around the network.”
For more information about what the closure will mean for your trip on Sydney’s trains, buses and roads, head to transportnsw.gov.au.