Ahead of the opening of Sydney Metro North West Line in 2019, the Epping to Chatswood train line requires upgrading to metro standards.
Macquarie University, Macquarie Park and North Ryde stations are now closed while these upgrades are completed. In the meantime, Station Link, a new high frequency bus service, will temporarily replace train services and will operate from station to station on seven different routes.
Station Link route map
- SL7 services have stopped operating between Epping Station and Macquarie University Campus during the quieter summer holiday period.
- If you are traveling to and from Macquarie University Campus from Epping Station, you can take advantage of regular 288, 290, 291 or M54 buses.
- If you are traveling to and from Macquarie University, you can also catch high-frequency turn up and go SL1 services.
- SL7 services will resume from Monday 18 February.
If you live south of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, your best option on weekdays to and from Macquarie University and Macquarie Park during peak periods may be to catch Station Link to and from St Leonards station.
With direct services running via the Lane Cove Tunnel from St Leonards in the morning and returning in the afternoon, you get a quicker trip.
SL4 St Leonards to Macquarie University
To St Leonards
To Macquarie University
All times are approximate
Train services that previously ran between Hornsby and the City via Macquarie Park and North Shore Line, stopping at all stations, are replaced by limited stops services towards the City via Strathfield on the T1 Northern Line in addition to the Station Link replacement buses.
These services start or end at Central during peak times. If you travel from Normanhurst, Thornleigh, Pennant Hills, Beecroft and Cheltenham stations to Town Hall, Wynyard or North Shore stations then you will need to change trains at Central during peak times to reach your destination.
At all other times of the day, trains via Strathfield and Central will continue on to Wynyard, Town Hall and North Shore stations and you will not need to change to reach these stations.
Additional services are available on the T1 North Shore Line between the City and stations north of Chatswood during peak times with around 40 trains per hour from Central to the City Circle and/or North Shore.
Service adjustments will be made to T1 North Shore and Northern Line services to allow for these changes.
All Station Link bus services are air-conditioned and fully accessible with low floors, on board information displays and audio announcements (with hearing loops).
You will not be able to take your bicycle onboard Station Link buses as they are difficult to stow without inconveniencing or potentially endangering other passengers.
If possible you might like to consider whether walking or cycling to work sometimes would be a more efficient way of travelling that could save you time, money, improve your health and benefit the environment.
The Macquarie Park precinct and surrounding road network currently experiences traffic congestion, particularly during peak periods. We are working closely with the community, businesses and local government to address congestion with targeted travel demand strategies aimed at reducing vehicle numbers during peak times.
Upgraded roads and intersections now include bus priority measures to provide more efficient and reliable travel times through the Macquarie Park precinct for bus services.
No additional parking will be provided in the affected areas during the upgrade. Existing parking will be managed and reallocated as required to improve capacity during the upgrade.
The Transport Management Centre will continue to proactively manage the network to optimise the flow of traffic during this temporary disruption.
Sydney Metro North West is Australia’s biggest public transport project – 31 metro stations and 66km of new metro rail.
Services start in mid 2019 with a new metro train every four minutes in the peak in Sydney’s North West.
From 2024, metro rail will be extended from the North West, under Sydney Harbour, through new underground CBD stations and beyond to Bankstown.
Metro means a new generation of fast, safe and reliable trains easily connecting you with turn-up-and-go services – and with an ultimate future capacity of a train every two minutes under the Sydney CBD.