STA­TION LINK BUSES CARRY 1 MIL­LION PAS­SEN­GERS

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SYD­NEY METRO PROJECT’s dis­tinc­tive ‘pink faced’ Sta­tion Link buses – used to re­place train ser­vices be­tween Chatswood and Ep­ping dur­ing the cur­rent rail up­grade – have clocked up more than 1 mil­lion cus­tomer jour­neys since the ser­vice started, ac­cord­ing to a Trans­port for NSW (TfNSW) spokesper­son.

TfNSW co­or­di­na­tor-gen­eral Marg Pren­der­gast said the mile­stone earns “a big con­grat­u­la­tions to Trans­port for NSW and our joint-ven­ture part­ner [Trans­dev NSW and CDC Aus­tralia] staff who have helped en­sure that Sta­tion Link op­er­ates smoothly and kept cus­tomers mov­ing around the Mac­quarie Park precinct”.

“We knew it was go­ing to be a big chal­lenge to tem­po­rar­ily close three busy train sta­tions for Syd­ney Metro up­grades and it’s great to have the com­mu­nity work­ing with us while we build this im­por­tant project,” she said.

“I can’t wait to see what other mile­stones we’ll hit next.”

From Septem­ber 30, 2018, Sta­tion Link bus ser­vices started re­plac­ing train ser­vices be­tween Ep­ping and Chatswood be­cause the line needs to be con­verted to Metro stan­dards ahead of Syd­ney Metro North­west, which opens in the sec­ond quar­ter of 2019, says TfNSW.

The up­grades will al­low for a greater fre­quency of trains when Syd­ney Metro North­west ser­vices be­gin, with trains ex­pected to run every four min­utes dur­ing peak times, it states.

KEY FEA­TURES

Ac­cord­ing to the NSW gov­ern­ment depart­ment, Sta­tion Link is pro­vid­ing the fol­low­ing:

High-fre­quency, turn-up-and-go ser­vices to sta­tions be­tween Ep­ping and Chatswood at least every six min­utes dur­ing the peak;

● More than 110 ser­vices per hour in the busiest parts of the day and over a thou­sand ex­tra ser­vices a day;

● Di­rect ser­vices run­ning in and out of the Mac­quarie Park precinct from St Leonards, Beecroft and East­wood dur­ing peak pe­ri­ods. This is in ad­di­tion to ser­vices trav­el­ling from Ep­ping or Chatswood;

● A ser­vice run­ning at least every 10 min­utes off-peak and at week­ends;

● A ded­i­cated, high-fre­quency ser­vice to Mac­quarie Univer­sity Cam­pus from Ep­ping Sta­tion dur­ing univer­sity semesters;

● Sta­tion Link ser­vices also avail­able on the Trip Plan­ner;

A BIG IN­VEST­MENT

The Sta­tion Link fleet is made up of [more] than 120 new fully ac­ces­si­ble and air-con­di­tioned buses, with dis­tinc­tive pink de­cals, says TfNSW.

Prior to launch, of­fi­cial state­ments dur­ing the year said cus­tomers trav­el­ling be­tween Ep­ping and Chatswood will get more than 110 bus ser­vices an hour dur­ing the busiest parts of the day from Septem­ber 30.

Min­is­ter for Trans­port and In­fra­struc­ture An­drew Con­stance said the Sta­tion Link pro­gramme cost $49 mil­lion.

“The new, high-fre­quency Sta­tion Link ser­vice will run on a turn-up-andgo ba­sis on seven ad­di­tional routes, en­sur­ing those who live and work on the Ep­ping to Chatswood cor­ri­dor have reg­u­lar and re­li­able trans­port op­tions,” he said.

“To sup­port the bus plan, there will be ex­tended turn­ing lanes and 580 me­tres of ded­i­cated bus lanes to boost ca­pac­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity.”

Ryde MP Vic­tor Dominello said the in­vest­ment in Sta­tion Link and road im­prove­ments for ca­pac­ity and bus pri­or­ity are the re­sult of al­most four years of work­ing with stake­hold­ers and en­gag­ing with the com­mu­nity.

“A brand new fleet of fully ac­ces­si­ble, air-con­di­tioned Sta­tion Link buses will con­nect sta­tions be­tween Ep­ping and Chatswood at least every six min­utes in the peak, with more than 110 ser­vices per hour run­ning dur­ing the busiest parts of the day,” Dominello said.

“For univer­sity stu­dents and staff, we’ll be run­ning a ded­i­cated Sta­tion Link ser­vice di­rect to cam­pus from Ep­ping Sta­tion dur­ing semesters, on top of the many other ser­vices that will stop at Mac­quarie Univer­sity Sta­tion.”

At the time, Pren­der­gast said: “These proven strate­gies have been key fac­tors in man­ag­ing con­ges­tion in the Syd­ney CBD where, since 2015, in­bound ve­hi­cles re­duced by 11 per cent and pub­lic trans­port trips in­creased by 9.4 per cent in the morn­ing peak pe­riod.”

● Sta­tion Link ser­vices also avail­able on real-time apps dur­ing op­er­a­tion.

Left: Sta­tion Link buses like these have trans­ported in ex­cess of one mil­lion com­muters thus far, says TfNSW.

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