R.I.P Blue Mountains To City Express Train
Western Sydney train users are facing longer travel times with the introduction of a new timetable that will force commuters to switch services mid-journey.
The change, touted as the biggest overhaul of Sydney's rail schedule in four years, will also see some stations skipped entirely during peak times.
This morning, commuters boarded the final Blue Mountains to Redfern express. As of next week they'll need to switch at Parramatta or head into Central then catch a train back.
For the final time... commuters alight the Blue Mountains Express service at Redfern this morning. From Monday, they'll need to have switched trains at Parramatta or go to Central and double back. Progress 2017 style. #newtimetable #sydneytrains pic.twitter.com/XTr9Q5fFjI— Western Weekender (@wwpenrith) November 23, 2017
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, T2 services will now start from Leppington, meaning commuters travelling from Campbelltown to stations on the Western Line - including Parramatta, Granville and Strathfield - will have to change at Glenfield.
Trains during peak times will also skip right past Harris Park, Granville, Clyde, Auburn and Lidcombe as more express trains run between Parramatta and the CBD on the T1 Western Line.
Commuters travelling from the affected stations will have to turn to T2 services instead.
Jodi McKay, spokeswoman for Labor transport, said that while it was true that extra services were being added to the new timetable, too many people were going to be negatively affected.
"Commuters aren't being told about any possible negative impacts of this new timetable - just the spin," she told SMH.
"All we hear from the government's ads is 'improved services', but that's not the case for many people - and those people aren't being told anything."
Information about the timetable update and how you may be affected by the change is available at Transport NSW.