Thousands of extra bus services support Sydney Metro build

20 July 2017  •  Author(s): Eurotransport

A $49 million investment in more than 120 new buses, extra routes and thousands of added bus services will keep customers moving during the upgrade of the Epping to Chatswood line in late 2018 ahead of the start of Sydney Metro.

Thousands of extra bus services support Sydney Metro build

The rail upgrade will deliver a train every four minutes as part of Sydney Metro – Australia’s biggest public transport project.

During the upgrade, customers will be able to catch seven new bus routes that will connect customers to impacted stations at least every six minutes at peak times, including a dedicated shuttle service to Macquarie University.

“We’re on track for Sydney Metro Northwest, which will deliver reliable turn-up-and-go train services to North West customers when it opens in the first half of 2019,” Andrew Constance, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure said.

“We’re boosting bus services in and around the train stations from Epping to Chatswood to ensure customers can easily travel to the shops, work, study, and back home reliably and safely.

“This includes more than 30 buses in the morning peak hour from Epping to the Macquarie Park precinct and Chatswood in the peak.”

Member for Ryde, Victor Dominello, said delivering extra services for the booming Macquarie Park district was vital during the upgrade to Metro.

“Macquarie Park is a critical area not just for the people of Ryde but the economic strength for the people of NSW. It is essential that we deliver the infrastructure required to provide public transport for this area,” Mr Dominello said.

Member for Epping Damien Tudehope commented that Sydney Metro is the most important piece of infrastructure for the future of Sydney’s North West.

To convert the existing line to Metro standards, major upgrades will include 26km of new cabling, power and signalling systems and customer improvements such as platform screen doors.

The contract for the extra services is worth $35.4 million, included in the $49 million total cost of delivering the Temporary Transport Plan.

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