Faster train services needed for Liverpool residents

The new draft train timetable released by the NSW Government fails to deliver the services that Liverpool residents desperately need, Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller said today.

The travel time on services that run to the City via Granville will increase by approximately 10 minutes.

“This is more bad news for Liverpool commuters,” said Mayor Waller.

“The fact is we are not too far from the Sydney CBD, but the train connections are extremely inefficient.

“We need to bring Liverpool up to speed with express train services with limited stops.

“Most trains from Penrith and Campbelltown to Central are faster than trains from Liverpool, despite travelling a far greater distance.

“Liverpool residents are tired of being overlooked in timetable updates.

“We need true express services that will cut the trip to the City on both the Granville and Bankstown lines to less than 45 minutes.”

The draft timetable would reduce travel times from Liverpool to the city via Bankstown by approximately five minutes, however residents will still be spending close to an hour on the train.

“We also need additional services from Liverpool to Parramatta. Direct trains currently only run every half an hour, which is not frequent enough for a connection between two major regional centres,” said Mayor Waller.

“This needs to be increased to one every 10 or 15 minutes.

“Along with two express services to the City each day, this will make Liverpool far better connected by public transport with the rest of Sydney.

“It is time the NSW Government starts to improve public transport services in the South West to accommodate the expected population growth and transport demand.”

Draft timetable details

  • Services to Central via Bankstown currently take 58 to 63 minutes and will reduce to 52 to 59 minutes.
  • Services to Central via Granville currently take 49 to 53 minutes and will increase to 61 minutes.