Thursday, 23 June 2016

Students' Journey Increased by 40 Minutes

 A 5 stop journey from Berala to Strathfield used to be 10 minutes direct on the Inner West Line, now it takes 50 minutes and involves an interchange at Lidcombe.

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Thursday, 14 April 2016

Train Line Cut from 15 Stations by State Government since 2013

Since 2013, a train line has been cut from 15 stations by the NSW State Liberal Government

Time to #RestoreInnerWestLine

Stations that have lost a train line: "Inner West Line" Flemington, Lidcombe, Berala, Regents Park, Sefton, Chester Hill, Leightonfield, Villawood, Carramar, Cabramatta, Warwick Farm, Liverpool. "Newcastle Line" Wickham, Civic, Newcastle.

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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Calls to Improve Train Services

Media Release

Restore Inner West Line

Community Action Group & Petition

13 April 2016

Calls to Improve Train Services

On Friday 8 April the Restore Inner West Line community action group once again called on the State Government to reinstate the Liverpool via Regents Park train service as a priority for South West Sydney. The community action group also has stressed that restoring the Inner West Line should be undertaken “before any new Metro line between Bankstown and Liverpool is built.”

The community action group is also concerned regarding recent State Government announcements of an impending shutdown of the Bankstown Line for the construction of the Sydney Metro. The State Government and Transport for NSW has failed to guarantee that Bankstown Line trains west to Cabramatta/Liverpool and north to Lidcombe will continue operate during Metro construction.

Recent correspondence with Transport for NSW has also revealed the State Government’s intention to further cut the Bankstown Line with the planned truncation of services to Cabramatta station. The community action group has also highlighted that, “commuters between Bankstown, Cabramatta and Lidcombe will lose all direct city train services and be forced to make up to 3 interchanges to travel to the CBD.”

The Restore Inner West campaign – founded by Roydon Ng has been actively calling on the State Government to reinstate the Liverpool via Regents Park train service since the disastrous timetable changes in late October 2013. Auburn MP Luke Foley, Bankstown MP Tania Mihailuk, Auburn City Council and Strathfield City Council have also put their support behind this campaign and tabled motions for restoring the Inner West Line.

Roydon Ng 0426 500 330

Friday, 8 April 2016

Make a submission to Sydney Metro: Bankstown to Liverpool Extension Study

Sydney Metro study area between Bankstown and Liverpool. Picture: Sydney Metro
On 10 March 2016 the NSW Government announced an investigation into improving transport connections between Bankstown and Liverpool, including a possible extension of Sydney Metro from Bankstown to Liverpool.

Community consultation on the proposal will take place between 11 March and 22 April 2016. For more information or to make a submission, please visit

Restore Inner West Line's submission and statement on this proposal:
Restoring the Inner West Line to its pre- October 2013 route (Liverpool via Regents Park) is important for public transport in South West Sydney. This should be done before any new Metro line between Bankstown and Liverpool is built. If the Metro is to be extended from Bankstown, it should also go to Lidcombe via Regents Park.

We have also sought comment from Transport NSW, Sydney Metro, Sydney Trains to clarify whether regular Sydney Trains' train services will run ...Regents Park - Sefton... or ...Regents Park - Birrong... as the map's drawing of the train line is different to the current Bankstown Line route.

Transport NSW's latest correspondence with Restore Inner West Line. Bankstown Line to be cut to Cabramatta. Bankstown-Liverpool Metro extension study underway, accepting submissions. 7/4//16

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Sydney Trains' CEO Howard Collins Response to Restore Inner West Line

This is what Sydney Trains' CEO Howard Collins had to say about Restore Inner West Line:
Interestingly enough I have recently visited the staff at a number of stations along this route. Feedback from the staff have highlighted some of your issues raised and we are proactively looking into service patterns in this area as part of ensuring that we match timetable services to actual and future demand.

Sydney Trains' CEO Howard Collins. Photo:
Restore Inner West Line founder Roydon Ng recently asked Sydney Trains' CEO Howard Collins about plans to improve public transport in the area:

We’d like to know what plans Sydney Trains has in store to fix the lack of train services in Sydney’s Transport Blackhole (Lidcombe, Berala, Regents Park, Birrong, Sefton, Chester Hill, Leightonville, Villawood, and Carramar) which has lost over 80% of train services with the removal of the Liverpool via Regents Park train service (Inner West Line) from the area in 2013.

The Government has said that one of the reasons for cutting the Inner West Line to Homebush was to address service gaps of 24 minutes, now commuters in the area that previously relied on the Inner West Line to Liverpool have service gaps of 30 minutes for most of the day. 

Not to mention having to interchange at Birrong, Lidcombe and Strathfield to travel along the former Liverpool via Regents Park (Inner West Line) route to the City. Here’s an example of the disadvantage caused by the cutting the Inner West Line to Homebush (that we’ve raised repeatedly with Sydney Trains without a response): 

Sefton to Homebush before 2013 was a direct 16 minute journey but after the 2013 timetable changes it has become a 52 minute indirect journey with 3 interchanges needed at Birrong, Lidcombe and Strathfield (see

Stations west and north of Bankstown on the T3 Bankstown Line don’t benefit from the 1000 “extra” services on the line and will even lose their last direct train to city with the Sydney Metro to Bankstown. This area is also one of Australia’s most disadvantaged low SES communities which is heavily reliant on public transport for their daily commutes.

At least between Lidcombe and Cabramatta via Regents Park, why can’t a regular train service running on the currently unused tracks there? And can the 3 special weekday Liverpool via Regents Park services be increased to at least 1 per hour every day?

Response above.