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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).

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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.

Travel Choices is a free resource to help individuals, businesses and organisations prepare for and adapt to the changes to Sydney’s transport network. The Travel Choices team is here to provide support for those making the shift to more sustainable ways of moving into, out of and around Sydney.

To date Travel Choices has worked with over 600 businesses and organisations across Sydney and has contributed to an 11% decrease in vehicles entering the CBD and a 9% increase in public transport trips during the morning peak.