Restore Inner West Line: City to Liverpool via Regents Park & City to Bankstown via Regents Park
The Restore Inner West Line community action group started in opposition to major cuts of Sydney Trains’ services on the Inner West Line in October 2013.
The removal of the City to Liverpool via Regents Park and City to Bankstown via Regents Park service significantly increased travel times for 19,000 commuters west of Bankstown.
The cuts to the Inner West Line also resulted in commuters travelling from between Lidcombe – Liverpool/Cabramatta and Bankstown facing up to 3 interchanges (involving 4 separate trains) to reach the City Circle and Inner West.
The conversion of Sydenham to Bankstown into Sydney Metro Southwest cuts the final direct train to City for many commuters west of Bankstown.
After 7 years of community support, the Restore Inner West Line campaign has succeeded with Transport for NSW announcing plans to resume train services on the City to Liverpool via Regents Park route.
Commuters from Berala, Regents Park, Sefton, Chester Hill, Leightonfield, Villawood, and Carramar will receive direct train services to the City Circle and the Inner West without interchange at Birrong, Lidcombe, Strathfield.
Transport for NSW has acknowledged that that the City to Liverpool via Regents Park route can be restored using existing infrastructure but is refusing to reinstate the train service until 2024.
Internal documents obtained under freedom of information (GIPA) from Transport for NSW indicate that resuming train services on the City to Liverpool via Regents Park is possible now as a result of the 2017 Sydney Trains timetable and aligns with the Restore Inner West Line campaign.
Transport for NSW is also refusing to apply the former name of “Inner West Line” to the City to Liverpool via Regents Park route in an attempt to cover up the cuts to train services in 2013.
The Restore Inner West Line community action group will continue to campaign for the return of the City to Bankstown via Regents Park train service to ensure that Birrong and Yagoona have direct access to the City Circle and Inner West.
Benefits of restoring the “Inner West Line” – City to Liverpool via Regents Park
- Faster journey to City: Liverpool to Central – 53mins, Sefton to Central – 36mins
- Direct train (without interchange) to City/Inner West for most stations west of Bankstown
- Increased capacity for Inner West stations such as Lidcombe, Strathfield, Burwood, Ashfield
- Reduced overcrowding on T1 Western Line and T2 Leppington Line via Granville
For more information about rail west of Bankstown, please visit www.RestoreInnerWestLine.org.au
Download this Fact Sheet: Rail West of Bankstown in 2024