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Minor timetable changes from 5 January 2020

From January 2020 some train lines have some timetable changes for improved services.

The key changes being introduced include:

  • Hunter Line
    Two new train services have been added between Singleton and Newcastle, seven days a week, along with minor timetable changes to other services.
  • South Coast Line
    More seats on weekend services between Kiama, Wollongong and Sydney with most four carriage trains doubling to eight car services, along with minor timetable changes to some services.
  • T5 Cumberland Line
    New direct weekday morning service from Leppington to Schofields and Blacktown to Leppington have been introduced along with minor timetable changes to other services.
  • T6 Carlingford Line
    The T6 Carlingford Line has permanently closed for construction of the Parramatta Light Rail that connects Carlingford to Westmead via the Parramatta CBD. A new bus route, the 535, has been introduced while construction of the light rail is underway.

Other lines may also have minor timetable changes. These changes will start from Sunday 5 January 2020, with weekday changes taking effect from Monday 6 January.

Plan your trip from 6 January to see if your travel is affected.

No changes to this Line.

The weekday 7.49am Central to Blacktown service (arriving Blacktown at 8.32am) no longer stops at Wentworthville, Pendle Hill and Toongabbie. You may need to change at Parramatta for the 8.19am service to continue your journey.

The weekday 8.07am Central to Schofields service (arriving at Schofields at 8.54am), now ends at Blacktown (at 8.44am), and no longer stops at Marayong, Quakers Hill and Schofields. To travel to these stations you can catch the earlier 8.04am Central to Richmond service.

The 9.19am and 9.50am Central to Blacktown services is now extended to Marayong, Quakers Hill and Schofields.

The weekday 8:39am Blacktown to Central service now departs at 8:37am and makes an additional stop at Westmead (at 8:46am).

If you are travelling to and from Schofields, you can benefit from a train every 15 minutes (from a combination of T1 and T5 services) for the majority of the day on the weekend, instead of every 30 minutes.

Minor adjustments may be made to some other departure and arrival times.

Minor adjustments have been made to departure and arrival times on some services.

Minor adjustments have been made to departure and arrival times on some services.

Minor adjustments made to arrival times on some services.

Additional morning peak services from Leppington to Schofields

From Monday 6 January, there is be a new direct morning peak service from Leppington to Schofields via Parramatta to improve capacity.

Weekday morning services departing Leppington between 7am and 8am have been adjusted with an additional service in this hour to provide a more frequent service.  This reduces the gap between trains to every 30 minutes during the peak period, and in some cases, the wait is just 16 minutes.

T5 Cumberland Line - Weekday morning peak Leppington to Schofields services
(departure times at key stations)

Leppington Glenfield Liverpool Parramatta Blacktown Schofields
(arrival times)
6.51am 7.01am 7.08am 7.36am 7.53am  
7.07am 7.17am 7.24am 7.49am 8.06am 8.17am
7.37am 7.47am 7.54am 8.19am 8.36am 8.47am
8.03am 8.12am 8.20am 8.45am 9.02am  

Additional weekday morning services from Blacktown to Leppington

An additional weekday all-stops 6.05am service operating from Blacktown to Leppington.

Additional changes to weekday services

The weekday Leppington to Schofields services that depart at 9.03am and 9.33am from Leppington ends at Blacktown (arriving Blacktown 10.02am and 10.32am respectively). If you are travelling to Marayong, Quakers Hill and Schofields you should change at Parramatta for a T1 Western Line service.

T5 weekend services

All T5 weekend services that used to start or end at Quakers Hill now start and end at Schofields.

If you are travelling to and from Schofields you can benefit from a train every 15 minutes (from a combination of T1 and T5 services) for the majority of the day on the weekend, instead of every 30 minutes.

Minor adjustments have been made to some other departure and arrival times.

On Sunday 5 January, the T6 Carlingford Line will permanently close for construction of the Parramatta Light Rail that will connect Carlingford to Westmead via the Parramatta CBD.

A new bus route, the 535, will be introduced while construction of the light rail is underway.

Route 535 will run at least every 15 minutes in the busy periods of the day, compared to the current two train services per hour during the peak on the T6 Carlingford Line. The bus route will operate between Carlingford, Telopea, Dundas, Rydalmere, Camellia/Rosehill and Parramatta CBD.

If you are travelling to Clyde you will need to change at Parramatta for a rail service.

A standard train fare will apply on the 535, which means you will continue to benefit from the 30 per cent off-peak discount on standard adult Opal fares.

The Parramatta Light Rail is expected to open in 2023 and will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia.

Minor adjustments made to arrival times on some services.

Minor adjustments have been made to departure and arrival times on some services.

Minor adjustments have been made to departure and arrival times on some services.

The weekday 7.45am Katoomba to Central service departs Katoomba and all stations to Penrith and Blacktown 5 minutes later (i.e. departs Katoomba at 7.50am) and will arrive/depart 6 minutes later at Parramatta, Strathfield and Central.

Minor adjustments have been made to departure and arrival times on some services.

Minor adjustments have been made to departure and arrival times on some services.

Singleton to Newcastle

From Sunday 5 January 2020, two new train services will be added between Singleton and Newcastle, seven days a week. The two extra services will provide six return options during weekdays and four on the weekends. The timing of the new services will deliver a more even spread of trains across the day.

The new services will operate under a 12-month trial, which will be monitored closely and assessed before any permanent changes are considered. This assessment will include an analysis of key criteria including patronage, reliability and customer satisfaction.

Extension of Newcastle Interchange to Maitland service

The 12.29pm Newcastle Interchange to Maitland service will now extend to Telarah (arriving at 1.04pm).

From Sunday 5 January 2020, weekend services on the South Coast Line will gain more than 19,000 additional seats, with most four-car services between Kiama, Wollongong and Sydney becoming eight cars, due to a significant increase in demand.

There will be some minor timing changes to some services from Kiama to Bondi Junction to enable this capacity increase.

Some early morning and late night weekend services with less demand will continue to operate as four-car sets.

Minor adjustments have been made to departure and arrival times on some services.

No changes made to this Line.