What is Station Link?
Station Link is a $49 million investment in more than 120 new, fully accessible, air-conditioned buses providing thousands of extra services from 30 September 2018. High frequency Station Link services will keep customers moving while the rail line between Epping and Chatswood is upgraded for around seven months, ahead of Sydney Metro opening in 2019.
Key features of Station Link include:
- High frequency, turn-up-and-go services to stations between Epping and Chatswood at least every six minutes during the peak.
- More than 110 services per hour in the busiest parts of the day.
- A dedicated high frequency service to Macquarie University Campus from Epping Station.
- A loop service running at least every 10 minutes 7 days a week to all stations between Epping to Chatswood.
Station Link bus services will be available on the trip planner at transportnsw.info, and on real time apps. A package of road and intersection upgrades, including bus priority measures, will be completed by the introduction of Station Link to improve public transport reliability.
Why is the Epping to Chatswood line being upgraded?
The Epping to Chatswood line needs to be converted to Metro standards ahead of Sydney Metro Northwest which opens to customers in the first half of 2019. Customers will get a train every four minutes in the peak in each direction – that’s 15 an hour, almost four times as many as now (in the peak direction).
The five existing stations along the line – at Epping, Macquarie University, Macquarie Park, North Ryde and Chatswood – will have screen doors along the full length of the metro platforms to keep people and objects like prams away from the tracks, improving customer safety and allowing trains to get in and out of stations much faster.
To upgrade the existing suburban railway to metro standards, major work needs to be done –including new signalling and communications systems, electrical and fire and life safety systems.
In the existing railway tunnels between Epping and Chatswood, the commissioning process includes testing of new signalling systems, testing the new metro trains in the existing tunnels and testing the upgraded tunnels and infrastructure as part of the new 36km Sydney Metro system.
The existing railway tracks and overhead wiring will remain and will be used by the new metro system, which is the same standard gauge railway as the rest of Sydney’s train network.