From Monday January 6 2020, there will be an extra northbound service on the T5 Cumberland line each weekday during the morning peak.
The new direct all-stops morning peak service departs Leppington at 7.07am, arriving at key stations such as Parramatta at 7.49am, Blacktown at 8.07am and Schofields at 8.17am.
The existing 7.21am all stops Leppington to Schofields service will instead depart at 7.37am, arriving at key stations such as Parramatta at 8.19am, Blacktown at 8.37am and Schofields at 8.47am.
These changes will create a consistent half hourly frequency throughout the morning peak, reducing the wait time between services by up to 16 minutes.
Over the past year, patronage on the T5 Cumberland line has surged, creating over crowding, particularly on the highly popular 7:21am service. 30 per cent more passengers arrived at Parramatta on T5 trains this year compared to last.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance noted “By boosting capacity on an increasingly busy part of the network, customers across the south-west region including Glenfield, Liverpool and Cabramatta will enjoy a more comfortable and convenient morning commute. Customers from the T8 South Line between Macarthur and Macquarie Fields will also benefit from the new service as it provides an extra connection at Glenfield to T5 services headed towards Parramatta and further west.”