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Here's What the Epping to Chatswood Train Line Closure Will Mean for You

Trains are set to be replaced by Station Link buses for seven months, starting September 30.
By Libby Curran
April 15, 2018
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Here's What the Epping to Chatswood Train Line Closure Will Mean for You

Trains are set to be replaced by Station Link buses for seven months, starting September 30.
By Libby Curran
April 15, 2018
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If you're a regular on the train line between Epping and Chatswood, your routine is about to get a bit of a shake-up, with New South Wales Transport Minister Andrew Constance confirming dates for the line's closure. Starting September 30, trains will stop running along this route for a whole seven months while the Sydney Metro system gets its much-hyped upgrade.

The move is likely to cause its fair share of disruption, given that around 20,000 commuters currently use this rail line according to the ABC. They'll instead be forced to swap the train for one of the new, hot-pink, high-frequency Station Link buses — part of a $49 million investment by the NSW Government.

Mr Constance announced that over 1000 bus services would run between Epping and Chatswood daily, with more than 110 making the route during peak times.

"The new high-frequency Station Link service will run on a turn-up-and-go basis on seven additional routes," explained Mr Constance, with Ryde MP Victor Dominello confirming that those travelling during the busiest parts of the day can expect a bus every six minutes.

To cater for the influx of extra buses on the roads, turning lanes will be extended and 580 metres of bus lanes will be added. Plus, for university students and staff, a dedicated service will run directly between Epping Station and Macquarie University Station during semester.

The line works should mark the final part of construction before the $8.3 billion Sydney Metro Northwest is completed and ready to take passengers.

Via abc.net.au

Published on April 15, 2018 by Libby Curran

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