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The Cumberland railway line connects Blacktown and Campbelltown stations in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia and appears in magenta on the Sydney Trains network map. The Cumberland line consists of pre-existing track on the main western and southern lines, plus a new "Y-link" track between Harris Park and Merrylands stations. As of 2013, the Cumberland line is now also referred to by the code T5

HistoryEdit

The line was opened in 1996 as part of former Prime Minister Paul Keating's 'Building Better Cities' programme in recognition of Parramatta's place as the capital of Sydney's west. It cost $80 million to construct, and required the construction of a little over one kilometre of new track and no new stations. This track consists of the creation of a triangular junction at the junction of the 'Old Main South' and the 'Main Western Line by laying track between Merrylands and Harris Park stations, known as the 'Y Link' including a new flyover of the 'Up Old Main South' over these new tracks. The intention of this link was to allow direct services to operate from Liverpool and Campbelltown to Parramatta and Blacktown without requiring a change of trains at Granville. The line takes its name from the Cumberland Plain on which much of Western Sydney was built.

Description of RouteEdit

Physically, the line consists of the Western Line from Blacktown station to Harris Park, the 'Y Link' as described above, the "Old Main South" (known as the South Line) between Merrylands and Cabramatta, and the Main South Line between Cabramatta and Campbelltown.

Service CutsEdit

Upon its opening in 1996, the line had a regular half-hourly service in both directions consisting of 38 journeys per day. Subsequent timetables saw its services significantly reduced to the point of running only during weekday peak hours, and since 2005 the line only runs in one direction at a time: two services run in the morning peak from Campbelltown to Blacktown (one of which extends to Quakers Hill, via the Richmond branch of the Western line), and three services return from Blacktown to Campbelltown in the evening (as of 31 October 2011, one commences on the Richmond branch, from Schofields).

This service also occasionally operates on weekends if trackwork affects the Western and South lines, particularly between Granville and Strathfield. Services from Glenfield and Liverpool are diverted to the Western Line and proceed beyond Blacktown, to either Penrith or Richmond, and vice versa. In the extremely rare event of service disruptions, South line trains may divert to Parramatta, terminate there then turn around and continue its trip as per the timetable.

Prior to the Y-Link's opening, passengers travelling between the Western and South lines are required to change trains at Granville. With the reduction in services to peak hours only (aside from trackwork services), this travelling strategy has been resumed by most commuters.

In 2006, the then-Iemma Labor Government's NSW State Plan committed to re-introduce a regular half-hourly service to the Cumberland line during 2007 "subject to detailed timetable and train planning... and fleet delivery, availability and rostering". A Sydney Trains news release on 15 December confirmed this intention, based on the gradual introduction of the then-new OSCAR (H set) trains, which would displace outer suburban Tangara (G set) sets; the latter trains then reassigned to suburban service. This promise was not delivered, and the Cumberland Line to 2013 remains a peak-hour-only service with 4 car carriages. However, in the October 2015 timetable changes, the line was finally changed back to its original 30 minute frequency, with all trains commencing from Schofields.

StationsEdit

Name Code MyMulti
Zone
Connections Pattern stops
at this station
Cumberland Line
Schofields SFS Three T1 Bullet-red
Quakers Hills QKH Three Bullet-red
Marayong MYG Three Bullet-red
Blacktown BAK Three Bullet-red
Seven Hills SEV Two Bullet-red
Toongabbie TBB Two Bullet-red
Pendle Hill PDH Two Bullet-red
Wentworthville WWH Two Bullet-red
Westmead WMD Two Bullet-red
Parramatta PTA Two Bullet-red
Harris Park HRK Two Bullet-red
Merrylands MLN Two T2 South Line Bullet-red
Guildford GUD Two Bullet-red
Yennora YNR Two Bullet-red
Fairfield FFL Two Bullet-red
Canley Vale CVE Two Bullet-red
Cabramatta CTT Two T2 South Line

T3

Bullet-red
Warwick Farm WKF Two Bullet-red
Liverpool LPO Two Bullet-red
Casula CSL Three T2 South Line Bullet-red
Glenfield GFD Three Bullet-red
Macquarie Fields MQF Three T2 Airport & East Hills Line Bullet-red
Ingleburn IGB Three Bullet-red
Minto MIO Three Bullet-red
Leumeah LUM Three Bullet-red
Campbelltown CAM Three T2 Airport & East Hills Line

Southern Highlands Line

Bullet-red


Railway Lines
Sydney Trains Lines
T1
T1line

Northshorediagram

Northerndiagram

Westerndiagram


T2
T2line

AirportEastHillsdiagram

InnerwestandSouthdiagram


T3
T3line

Bankstowndiagram


T4
T4line

ESILdiagram


T5
T5line

Cumberland


T6
T6line

Carlingford


T7
T7line

Olympicparkline


NSW TrainLink Lines


Blue Mountains Line
Bluemountainsline

Bluemountainsdiagram


Newcastle and Central Coast Line
Newcastleline

NewcastleDiagram


South Coast Line
SouthCoastline

Southcoastdiagram


Southern Highlands Line
Southernhighlandsline

SouthernHighlandsline


Hunter Line
Hunterline

Huntermap


CountryLink North Coast Line
Countrylinkred

Northcoastmap


CountryLink North Western Line
Countrylinkbrown

Northwesternmap


CountryLink Southern Line
Countrylinkgreen

CLSouthernmap


CountryLink Western Line
Countrylinkyellow

CLWesternmap

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