Thursday, December 9, 2010

News from Transport NSW about the Western Express rail project

The Western Express Rail Program was announced in February 2010 as part of the Metropolitan Transport Plan. For up-to-date information about the project, click here.

Under Western Express, new express train services will be introduced from Penrith and Richmond, delivering major travel time savings and additional rail capacity for commuters right through to the heart of the city.

To achieve this, a new 5.4km priority tunnel, known as the City Relief Line, is planned to be built between Redfern and Wynyard. Benefits from Western Express will be felt right around the CityRail system, especially for people travelling on the Penrith, Richmond, Liverpool via Granville, Epping via Strathfield and Hurstville to city lines.

Western Express will also allow trains from the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Newcastle to travel through the city and terminate at Wynyard, eliminating the need to change trains at Central.


  1. Is this project committed to go ahead regardless who is on government after March election?

  2. This is a good question. It seems that the NSW Opposition is committed to the North West Rail Link and they have suggested that they may defer or cancel the Western Express to enable them to pay for the North West. It would be worth asking your local member. The WSPTU have been strong advocates for the development of the North West Rail Link.


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