Sydney Metro Western Sydney Airport

It has been confirmed that the proposed rail line to Western Sydney Airport will be deliver and delivered by Sydney Metro. This comes alongside information provided to us that the government intends for all new rail lines in Sydney to be of a Metro Rapid Transit Standard.

The project is expected to form a North-South spine in the outer west, between Tallawong in the North and Macurthur in the South via St Marys, Western Sydney Airport and Narrellan. A heavy rail connect from the South West Rail Link at Leppington is also expected to be built.

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Train Changes From 30th September due to Sydney Metro

The NSW Government today announced train services changes and improvements from 30 September to help support customers while the railway between Epping and Chatswood is upgraded to for the Sydney Metro.


Improvements include more services for stations north of Chatswood on the T1 North Shore Line and double the number of express trains running to and from the Sydney CBD via Strathfield during the peak for Central Coast customers.

Key adjustments on the rail system from 30 September include:

T1 North Shore Line

  • Services which currently operate via the Epping to Chatswood rail line will be replaced with trains starting or ending at Gordon, Hornsby or Berowra.
  • More AM peak hour services to the City for customers at Mount Kuring-gai, Mount Colah, Hornsby and all stations from Wahroonga to Roseville.
  • Customers who catch trains from Gordon to Roseville will also benefit from more services across most of the day.

T1 Northern Line

  • Current services between Hornsby and the City via Chatswood will be replaced by limited stop services via Strathfield. These services will start or terminate at Central during peak times.  At all other times, trains will directly connect to Wynyard, Town Hall and North Shore stations via Strathfield and Central.
  • Most Normanhurst to Cheltenham customers travelling to the CBD in the morning peak will have faster or similar journey times compared with today.
  • Two extra services per hour in the morning peak and a doubling of trains in the evening peak for Rhodes, Meadowbank and West Ryde.
  • All peak hour services to operate as eight car trains to improve capacity and comfort for all T1 Northern Line customers

Central Coast and Newcastle Line

  • Double the number of express services operating to and from the Sydney CBD via Strathfield during peak times, with an express train every 15 minutes instead of every 30 minutes.
  • Customers will still have the option to catch direct trains to and from Sydney CBD via the North Shore, with no change to the current number of peak services.
  • The current trial of a fast train service operating between Newcastle and Sydney will continue.

T8 Airport & South Line

  • Revesby will receive two more Sydney CBD bound express services running via Airport Stations in the morning peak. By catching these services Revesby customers could save about nine minutes per trip or up to 45 minutes a week, travelling to the Airport or other popular stations, like Mascot and Green Square.

There will also be minor adjustments to some services on other lines.

Sydney’s Transport History – Double Decker Trains

Sydney has a long history with double deckers trains.  In this edition of Sydney’s Transport History, we will be delving deeper into their domination of Sydney’s suburban rail rolling stock.

In the 1960s, the tenders were called for the first double decker passenger rolling stock. Between 1964 and 1968, 120 double deck trailer carriages were delivered to the NSW Government Railways from Tulloch Limited. They were incorporated into sets with single deck power cars. Tulloch delivered a number of double decker motor cars in 1968. When coupled with the double decker trailer carriages they formed the worlds first fully double decker Electric Multiple Unit trains.

One of the original carriages from Tulloch

In 1970, the first intercity Double Deck V-set trains entered service. At the time, these trains were described as the “most luxurious commuter stock in the world”. Delivered over 19 years, most of the newer sets are still in service.

Intercity set V3 at Katoomba


In 1972, the first Comeng-constructed stainless steel double deck suburban power-cars entered service. These cars were originally paired with Tulloch trailer cars , but from 1973, Comeng Trailer cars entered service. Later in the 1970s,  A Goninan & Co constructed a number of similar cars. Whilst most of these 1970s sets have since been retired, 24 of them still operate as S sets on the T2, T3, T6 and T8 lines.

Goninan built the first air conditioned suburban trains in 1981, with 160 K sets being delivered through 1985. In 1986, similar C sets with more modern safety features were introduced.

Three Tangaras in the the foreground, with a K set in the background at Penrith

Between 1988 and 1996, 530 “Tangara” cars were introduced. These trains marked the first major redesign for the suburban rolling stock since double decker trains were introduced were and were also the last publicly funded new train design in NSW. These new trains allowed for the fill retirement of single deck suburban services in 1993.

Millenium Trains were introduced in 2002 and have formed the basis of all new trains delivered since. These were the first passenger trains in NSW to include automated announcements and information displays. These M sets allowed for the retirement of the original Tulloch carriages.

55 four carriage OSCar sets were delivered between 2006 and 2012 that allowed the oldest V sets to be retired and some services to be increased form four to eight cars in length. The H sets allowed for the next generation features found on M sets to be available on longer Intercity services.

OSCar set H39 and Waratah set A36 at Central Station

Waratah trains are the latest design of double decker trains to be deliver to the NSW government railways and the first model to be built outside of Australia. These Chinese built trains continue on the design of the Millennium with some m minor improvements. The original order included 78 8-Car A sets. From 2018, 24 8-Car B set trains will be introduced to replace the remaining 24 S-Set trains.

E-Paper Comes to Sydney Airport

Following a successful trail of E-Paper real time timetables at two bus stops in the CBD earlier this year, the government has decided to proceed with the rollout of the technology.

First, they will be installed at the two bus stops at Sydney Airport, located outside the T1 International and T3 Qantas Domestic terminals. Servicing Sydney’s busiest bus route, the 400 from Bondi to Burwood via Eastgardens and Rockdale, the location was chosen as many customers boarding at these locations might not have access to apps with real time data as in many cases they have only just arrived in Sydney for the first time.

Believed to be an Australian first, the compact digital screens are a sustainable, solar powered and innovative solution to a previously paper based communication channel. Information used in the new signage comes from real-time bus data, populated by on-board GPS on each bus, giving customers helpful arrival and capacity information. The displays can also provide incident alert messaging for disruptions like road closures associated with special events like Mardi Gras and Anzac Day, or unplanned disruption like a traffic incident affecting the broader network.

The signs show information such as Route Destination, Real Time Arrival and Loading data. Image is of test prototype from CBD. 

The technology will be installed at two airport stops ahead of the September school holidays.

Eastern Suburbs Bus Changes from September 23

From September 23 2018, there will be major service changes to bus services in the Eastern Suburbs. Route 333 will become a high frequency high capacity turn up and go service, running 24 hours. m1376-bondi-333-transport-carousel.jpgAdditionally, Routes 382, X79 and X84 from North Bondi and the 361 from Tamarama will be discontinued and routes L24, 380 and 381 will have major service alterations. Elsewhere, many routes will have timetable changes.

Full Details of changes below;

Route Location Change type
323 Dover Heights to Edgecliff Route change
  • Route will be extended to operate between North Bondi and Edgecliff via Dover Heights (old route operated between Dover Heights and Edgecliff only)
  • In the Dover Heights area, route 323 will no longer stop at the last two stops on Military Road and the stop on Peel Rd, instead operating via Portland St, Lancaster Rd and Military Rd to and from North Bondi
  • No change to the number of trips or the operating hours
  • Route 323 has been timed to facilitate connections to F4 ferry services at Rose Bay Wharf
324, 325 Watsons Bay to City via New South Head Rd Timetable changes
  •  Additional evening services, increasing service frequency to every 40 minutes on both routes from the current 60 minutes
L24 Watsons Bay to City via New South Head Rd Route change
  • Route changed to operate between Vaucluse (Old South Head Rd) and Wynyard
  • Passengers from Watsons Bay will instead need to catch the more frequent route 324
  • The service will now serve all stops between Vaucluse and Edgecliff, then as per existing stopping arrangement to Wynyard
326, 327 Bondi Junction to Edgecliff Timetable changes
  • Very minor changes to times for some trips but the frequency of services and span of hours they operate are unchanged
333 North Bondi to City via Bondi Junction Route change
  • Peak period trips extending between North Bondi and Dover Heights have been withdrawn; customers can change to routes 323 and 380 services
  • The stopping pattern will be changed to reflect customer demand and changes to surrounding services
  • Additional services will operate throughout the week using high capacity bendy buses to address high customer demand along the corridor
333N North Bondi to City via Bondi Junction New route
  • New route 333N replaces the current 380 overnight all stops service between North Bondi and City
  • The service will run from 11pm until 6am operating at all stops
360 Clovelly to Bondi Junction Timetable changes
  • Additional off-peak and weekend services, increasing service frequency to every 20 minutes
361 Tamarama to Bondi Junction Route withdrawn
  • Replaced by route 381 (which will now operate via the Tamarama area) and the existing 360 service
370 Coogee to Leichhardt via Green Square Timetable changes
  • Additional services will operate throughout the week, increasing service frequency to every 15 minutes during the day, 10 minutes during the peak
  • This service now provides more travel options for customers across the week
Route Location Change type
379 North Bondi to Bronte via Bondi Junction Timetable changes
  • Additional AM and PM peak and evening services on weekdays with some bendy buses providing extra capacity during the busy AM peak period
  • More frequent daytime and evening services on weekends
X79, X84 North Bondi to Bondi Junction Routes withdrawn
  • X79 customers to catch 379 from the same stops
  • X84 customers to catch 333, 379, 380 or route 386/387 from nearby stops
380 Watsons Bay to City via Bondi Junction Route change
  • Route will be changed to operate between Watsons Bay and Bondi Junction only (currently operates to/from Circular Quay)
  • Customers to catch routes 333 and M40 between Bondi Junction and the City
  • Service extensions to and from Watsons Bay will commence and finish later
    across the week, operating into the evening
  • Services that do not extend to Watsons Bay will now commence and finish
    their trips at South Head Cemetery instead of Dover Heights, allowing connections with route 324
381 Bondi Beach to Bondi Junction Route change
  • Route will be changed to operate between Bondi Junction and Bronte (north), via Bondi Rd and Tamarama, to replace the withdrawal of route 361
  • In the Bondi area services will no longer operate to Bondi Beach, instead operating via Denham St, Fletcher St, Gaerloch Ave/Dellview St to Bronte
382 North Bondi to Bondi Junction Route withdrawn
  • Replaced by additional services on routes 333 and 380
386, 387 Vaucluse to Bondi Junction Timetable changes
  • Additional early AM and evening services throughout the week
  • Additional Sunday services, increasing service frequency to every 30 minutes
    on both routes every day, during the day and night
M40 Bondi Junction to Chatswood Timetable changes
  • Additional weekend services, increasing service frequency to every 15 minutes during the day
  • Additional early morning and late evening services throughout the week operating between Wynyard and Bondi Junction, operating from 6am to 11pm
891,893,898 UNSW to Central Timetable changes
  • Services better aligned to passenger demand to start earlier and finish later


Photo 1 – Transport for NSW

Photo 2 – Personal Collection

Featured Bus Route – August 2018

This month our featured bus route is State Transit Route 324. Route 324 operates between Watsons Bay and City Walsh Bay via Rose Bay, Edgecliff, Kings Cross and City Town Hall.


The original route 324 ran between City, Macquarie Street to Watsons Bay, running express between the City and Rose Bay began on 23 January 1950 after the closure the tram line between Rose Bay and Watsons Bay closed late in December 1949. Just five months later due to large protests, Route 324 was axed and the tram returned to service.

The service was reintroduced after the second closure of the tram line to Watsons Bay on 10 July 1960. It ran between Watsons Bay and Erskine Street Wharf. From 1966 the route began terminating at Circular Quay instead of Erskine Street. From 1979, the route was diverted to use the new Edgecliff Interchange and short runnings between Watsons Bay and Double Bay were extended to Edgecliff and renumbered 323. From 4 October 2015, the 324 was modified to operate to Walsh Bay instead of to Circular Quay as part of changes to the CBD bus network related to light rail construction.,

The route currently operates every 30 minutes through most of the day. During peak hour, services run the full length of the route every 20 minutes, alternating with a short running between Watsons Bay and Edgecliff Station also running every 20 minutes. This provides an overall frequency of 10 minutes between Watsons Bay and Edgecliff and encourages interchange to rail services.

Route 324 is serviced by State Transit’s Waverley depot. It is operated using 12.5m CB60 and Citaro bodied Mercedes Benz CNG buses.