Bankstown Railway Line
The Line as seen on maps

Operated By

Sydney Trains


Town Hall Railway Station

Lidcombe Railway Station

Liverpool Railway Station



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 T3


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.

Service Frequency

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.

Stations Time Train Frequency
Liverpool to Sefton

Lidcombe to Regents Pk

Peak 4tph, every 15 mins
Off-peak 2tph, every 30 mins
Birrong to Campsie, and

St Peters

(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

Lidcombe St Peters Outer
Liverpool Yagoona, Punchbowl, Wiley Pk, Belmore,

Canterbury-Marrickville, Erskineville

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
Lidcombe None Outer Outer 4
Liverpool Yagoona, Punchbowl, Wiley Pk, Belmore,

Canterbury-Dulwich Hill, St Peters-Erskineville

Inner Outer 2

Weekend Stopping Patterns

Unchanged from old timetable, patterns 1 and 2 in table below.


Name Code Distance from

[1] [2] [3] [4]



Accessible? Serving Suburbs Pattern stops
at this station
through service continues from Inner west/South/Bankstown line
Bankstown Line
Town Hall THL 1.2 km 1932 Yes Sydney, Darling Harbour Bullet-red Bullet-red Bullet-red
Wynyard WYD 2.1 km 1932 Yes Sydney, The Rocks, Millers Point Bullet-red Bullet-red Bullet-red
Circular Quay CQY 3.0 km 1956 Yes Circular Quay, Sydney
The Rocks, Millers Point
Bullet-red Bullet-red Bullet-red
St James SAJ km 1926 No Sydney Bullet-red Bullet-red Bullet-red
Museum MSM km 1926 Yes Sydney Bullet-red Bullet-red Bullet-red
Central SBO 0 km 1855 Yes Central, Strawberry Hills
Ultimo, Surrey Hills
Bullet-red Bullet-red Bullet-red
Redfern RDF 1.3 km 1878 Inbound

services only

Redfern, Waterloo, Darlington
The University of Sydney
Bullet-red Bullet-red Bullet-red
Erskineville EKV 2.9 km 1884 No Erskineville, Macdonaldtown, Newtown Bullet-red Bullet-red
St Peters SAP 3.8 km 1884 No St Peters, Alexandria, Erskineville, Newtown Bullet-red Bullet-red Bullet-red
Sydenham SDN 5.3 km 1884 Yes Sydenham, Marrickville Bullet-red Bullet-red Bullet-red
Marrickville MRV 6.6 km 1895 Yes Marrickville, Marrickville South Bullet-red Bullet-red Bullet-red
Dulwich Hill DHM 7.9 km 1895 No Dulwich Hill, Hurlstone Park Bullet-red Bullet-red
Hurlstone Park HPK 8.8 km 1895 No Hurlstone Park, Canterbury Bullet-red Bullet-red
Canterbury CTB 10.2 km 1895 No Canterbury Bullet-red Bullet-red
Campsie CMP 11.7 km 1895 Yes Campsie Bullet-red Bullet-red Bullet-red
Belmore BMR 13.3 km 1895 Unknown Belmore Bullet-red Bullet-red Bullet-red
Lakemba LKM 14.5 km 1909 Lakemba Bullet-red Bullet-red Bullet-red
Wiley Park WLP 15.4 km 1938 Wiley Park, Lakemba, Punchbowl Bullet-red Bullet-red
Punchbowl PCB 16.5 km 1909 Punchbowl Bullet-red Bullet-red Bullet-red
Bankstown BWU 18.7 km 1909 Yes Bankstown Bullet-red Bullet-red Bullet-red
Yagoona YOA 20.6 km 1928 Unknown Yagoona Bullet-red Bullet-red
Birrong BRG 22.1 km 1928 Birrong Bullet-red Bullet-red Bullet-red
At Birrong the line branches. The northern branch is towards Lidcombe, and the western branch is towards Liverpool.
To Lidcombe
Regents Park RGP 19.9 km 1912 Unknown Regents Park Bullet-red
Berala BAA 18.4 km 1912 Berala Bullet-red
Lidcombe LDC 16.6 km 1858 Yes Lidcombe Bullet-red
To Liverpool
Sefton SFT 21.2 km 1924 Unknown Sefton Bullet-red Bullet-red
Chester Hill CHH 22.3 km 1924 Chester Hill Bullet-red Bullet-red
Leightonfield LHF 23.7 km 1942 Villawood Bullet-red Bullet-red
Vilawood VWD 24.5 km 1924 Villawood Bullet-red Bullet-red
Carramar CMR 25.9 km 1924 Carramar Bullet-red Bullet-red
Cabramatta CTT 28.4 km 1870 Cabramatta Bullet-red Bullet-red
Warwick Farm WKF 34.2 km 1889 Warwick Farm. Bullet-red Bullet-red
Liverpool LPO 35.7 km 1856 Yes Liverpool Bullet-red Bullet-red
Some services continue to Glenfield/Campbelltown