|Bankstown Railway Line|
|The Line as seen on maps|
|V - E - T - D|
The Bankstown Line is part of the metropolitan rail network of Sydney known as Sydney Trains. It services various Inner West and Western Sydney suburbs including centres at Bankstown and Liverpool. It is also referred to on maps and platforms by the code
The line opened between Sydenham on the Illawarra railway line and Belmore in 1895. This was the first solely suburban line to open in Sydney- all other rail lines were mainlines carrying traffic into and out of Sydney. In 1909, the line was extended to Bankstown, with intermediate stations at Lakemba and Punchbowl. Wiley Park station opened later in 1938. In 1928, the line was extended westwards from Bankstown to join the main suburban railway at Lidcombe. In 1916, the Metropolitan Goods Line was constructed paralleling the Bankstown Line between Marrickville and Campsie. In 1926 the Bankstown became the second line in Sydney to be electrified and a maintenance depot was constructed at Punchbowl. Electrification was extended from Bankstown to Regents Park in 1939. Electric passenger services originally operated along the Bankstown Line to St James station, until the 1956 opening of Circular Quay station and the completion of the City Circle. The Punchbowl maintenance depot closed in 1994. The line formerly was depicted in a brown colour in the early 1990s before being changed to a purple colour around 2000, before it became the current orange colour.
January 2006 saw the completion of a four-year project to upgrade the line. The work included the resleepering of the entire line, replacing the former wooden sleepers with the more durable concrete ones, replacement and upgrade of the signalling, and also replacement of the ageing catenary, mostly with the more modern double contact wire variety. Other minor work such as graffiti removal and lineside litter clean-up was also carried out as part of the upgrade. The lengthy upgrade process was noted for its "January Closedowns", in which the entire line was closed in January for the bulk of the upgrade work to take place. Passengers were required to use specially provided substitute buses which stopped only at the railway stations, and honoured Sydney Trains tickets. In addition to the track and catenary upgrade, many of the stations on the Bankstown Line have had their facilities upgraded in the early 2000s, including new station buildings, the installation of platform lifts for wheelchair access, and the installation of security cameras. The upgrade of all stations is ongoing, and many are still in their original condition, and do not provide wheelchair accessibility, making it prudent for those requiring this capability to check before travelling.
In the October 2013 timetable changes, the Lidcombe and Homebush turnbacks were brought into use, stopping trains from returning to the city from Lidcombe via the Inner West Line.
Old timetable (before November 2017) Edit
Passenger services begin at Town Hall station on the City Circle as a continuation of services from the Inner West/South Line. Services operate around the City Circle in a clockwise direction to Central, then through Redfern. Trains operate on the 'Illawarra local' (western pair) tracks between Redfern and Sydenham, serving St Peters and Erskineville stations. At Sydenham, services slow down to take a 25km/h turnout onto the 'Bankstown' tracks. At Birrong, about half of the Bankstown line trains go down the branch line to terminate at Lidcombe. These trains, when operated by newer trains are given a "fake" destination of Birrong via Sydenham. All other trains continue on to Liverpool, with some services extending to Campbelltown/Glenfield. The In 2009-2010, the Bankstown line ranked 3rd in reliability out of the 16 lines on the Sydney Trains service. 97.2% of Bankstown services ran on-time ranking 3rd in terms of reliability.
In 2017, the ABC won a legal battle with Transport for NSW and as a result published TfNSW's 2014 draft timetable. The revised timetable shows that the Bankstown line will be upgraded to 10 trains per hour, 4 from Lidcombe and 2 each from Liverpool, Bankstown and Leppington. Note that this a draft timetable from 2014, and the final timetable that came into use in November 2017 was different. It is planned that as part of the new Sydney Metro, the Bankstown line from Sydenham to Bankstown will be converted to metro.
At most times, except for morning peak outbound services, one train starts/ends at Liverpool, then the next train starts/ends at Lidcombe. During the morning peak however, there is an extra outbound Regents Park service added in between.
|Liverpool to Sefton
Lidcombe to Regents Pk
|Peak||4tph, every 15 mins|
|Off-peak||2tph, every 30 mins|
|Birrong to Campsie, and
(except stations below)
|Peak||7tph, every 6-9 mins|
|Off-peak||4tph, every 15mins|
|Yagoona, Wiley Park, Erskineville
Canterbury to Dulwich Hill
|At all times||4tph, every 15mins|
During peak hour, patterns 1 and 3 run. During the off-peak, patterns 1 and 2 run.
New Timetable (after November 2017) Edit
After the November 2017 timetable change, services were significantly boosted on the Bankstown Line on weekdays. More stopping patterns were added for peak hour services and express services were added during the off-peak.
Peak Hour Stopping Patterns (All patterns 2tph)
|From/To||Skips Stops||City Circle Dir.|
|Lidcombe||Dulwich Hill, Marrickville||Inner|
|Liverpool||Carramar-Leightonfield, Yagoona, Punchbowl-Belmore,
Canterbury, Hurlstone Pk, St Peters, Erskineville
|Liverpool||Yagoona, Punchbowl, Wiley Pk, Belmore,
|Liverpool||Chester Hill, Yagoona, Punchbowl-Lakemba,
Campsie-Hurlstone Pk, St Peters
Off Peak Stopping Patterns
|From/To||Skips Stops||City Circle Dir.
|City Circle Dir.
|Trains per hour|
|Liverpool||Yagoona, Punchbowl, Wiley Pk, Belmore,
Canterbury-Dulwich Hill, St Peters-Erskineville
Weekend Stopping Patterns
Unchanged from old timetable, patterns 1 and 2 in table below.
|Opened||Accessible?||Serving Suburbs||Pattern stops|
at this station
|through service continues from Inner west/South/Bankstown line|
|Town Hall||THL||1.2 km||1932||Yes||Sydney, Darling Harbour|
|Wynyard||WYD||2.1 km||1932||Yes||Sydney, The Rocks, Millers Point|
|Circular Quay||CQY||3.0 km||1956||Yes||Circular Quay, Sydney|
The Rocks, Millers Point
|Central||SBO||0 km||1855||Yes||Central, Strawberry Hills|
Ultimo, Surrey Hills
|Redfern, Waterloo, Darlington|
The University of Sydney
|Erskineville||EKV||2.9 km||1884||No||Erskineville, Macdonaldtown, Newtown|
|St Peters||SAP||3.8 km||1884||No||St Peters, Alexandria, Erskineville, Newtown|
|Sydenham||SDN||5.3 km||1884||Yes||Sydenham, Marrickville|
|Marrickville||MRV||6.6 km||1895||Yes||Marrickville, Marrickville South|
|Dulwich Hill||DHM||7.9 km||1895||No||Dulwich Hill, Hurlstone Park|
|Hurlstone Park||HPK||8.8 km||1895||No||Hurlstone Park, Canterbury|
|Wiley Park||WLP||15.4 km||1938||Wiley Park, Lakemba, Punchbowl|
|At Birrong the line branches. The northern branch is towards Lidcombe, and the western branch is towards Liverpool.|
|Regents Park||RGP||19.9 km||1912||Unknown||Regents Park|
|Chester Hill||CHH||22.3 km||1924||Chester Hill|
|Warwick Farm||WKF||34.2 km||1889||Warwick Farm.|
|Some services continue to Glenfield/Campbelltown|