Sydenham to Bankstown

The Sydney Metro City & Southwest Project will upgrade and convert all 11 stations between Sydenham and Bankstown to metro standards.

Stand-alone rail line

Sydney Metro City & Southwest will operate fully segregated from the existing Sydney Trains railway between Sydenham and Bankstown. The T3 Line west beyond Bankstown will continue to be operated by Sydney Trains, serving stations between Liverpool, Lidcombe and Bankstown.

Converting the T3 Bankstown Line will require a temporary suspension of rail services. The timing and duration of closedowns will be further developed during design of the project and will be detailed in the environmental impact statement.

Bankstown Line upgrade

This upgrade will address one of Sydney’s biggest rail bottlenecks, providing more frequent services and increasing accessibility at all 11 stations. The update includes:

  • 13.5km upgrade and conversion of the T3 Bankstown Line to metro standards
  • Almost twice as many trains per hour in the peak
  • No need for a timetable – you’ll just turn up and go
  • New and direct access to major CBD stations, including Martin Place, Pitt St, Barangaroo and North Sydney
  • More job opportunities with faster, more frequent and direct access to key employment centres, including North Sydney, Chatswood, Macquarie Park and the north west
  • Better access to education, with fast, more frequent and direct connections
  • Increased train frequency in AM and PM peak services – a train at least every four minutes at each station  
  • All stations fully accessible, with lifts and level access between trains and platforms
  • Fast, safe and reliable – a new generation of 21st century metro trains.

The Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report for the Sydenham to Bankstown Metro Upgrade is on exhibition until 18 July 2018. Community information sessions are being held in June and July, find out more.

You can view a summary of the project in the Sydenham to Bankstown Preferred Infrastructure Report Overview.

The Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report for Sydenham to Bankstown metro upgrade and accompanying documents may be viewed on the NSW Department of Planning and Environment website and


The Bankstown bottleneck

The Bankstown Line causes one of the biggest bottlenecks on the current Sydney suburban railway because of how it merges with other lines close to the city. By removing the Bankstown Line from the suburban system, the trains currently operating on the T3 Bankstown Line could be allocated to other railway lines in the west and south west.

Clearing the bottleneck

Built over 160 years, our railway network is one of the most complex in the world. Trains from 15 lines from all across Sydney compete for just six tracks, creating a bottleneck. Sydney Metro, a new standalone railway network, is the solution to clearing our public transport bottleneck

Chatswood to Sydenham

Integrated Station Development

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