We’re the Bankstown Line’s forgotten commuters
The Sydenham to Bankstown Metro forces 19,000 commuters from the western side of the Bankstown Line to interchange. Converting ‘Sydenham – Bankstown’ to Metro is designed to fatten the wallets of property developers at the expense of the community. Cutting the Bankstown Line in half disconnects 9 stations between Berala – Carramar – Yagoona from the rest of Sydney
9 stations will lose all direct trains to the City: Berala, Regents Park, Sefton, Chester Hill, Leightonfield, Villawood, Carramar, Birrong, Yagoona. Travel times will increase even with the Bankstown Metro interchange! We need to keep heavy rail on the Bankstown Line (with upgraded signalling) & restore trains to City via Strathfield (Inner West Line)
For more information, please see our Media Release: 19,000 Commuters to Lose Trains to Sydney
The Save T3 Bankstown Line campaign is organised by Restore Inner West Line and The Battler
Statement regarding Planning Department approval for Sydenham to Bankstown Metro – Wednesday 19 December 2018
Despite overwhelming opposition from residents in the Sydenham to Bankstown corridor and also west of Bankstown, this government is determined to isolate 9 stations from the entire Sydney Trains network. It’s not just a matter of 1 additional interchange but for commuters such as from Chester Hill to Town Hall, the current direct train will become 3 separate trains with changes at Bankstown and Sydenham.
Travel times will increase for the 19,000 commuters west of Bankstown will have to catch 3 trains everyday to reach the City. The 9 stations west of Bankstown have been suffering since the government’s removal of the Inner West Line (City to Liverpool/Bankstown via Regents Park) in 2013 and the cutting in half of the T3 Bankstown Line is a further downgrade.
We condemn Planning Minister Anthony Roberts and the NSW Government for ignoring the community in proceeding with the “Sydenham to Bankstown” Metro Southwest. We call on both sides of government to cancel this project and commit to a restoration of the Inner West Line to Liverpool (and Bankstown) via Regents Park on the Sydney Trains heavy rail network.