It's all change on the trains

Monthly Chronicle - - Vilalge Voice -

Over the past few weeks we have seen sev­eral ar­ti­cles in the Syd­ney press de­scrib­ing the dual prob­lems of in­creas­ing con­ges­tion on Syd­ney's rail net­work and late run­ning trains.

So, it's timely to re­mind Pen­nant Hills mem­bers that the Ep­ping to Chatswood train line will close on 30 Septem­ber 2018 to al­low mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the line and sta­tions for the new metro line from Rouse Hill to Chatswood, which will open in 2019.

All in­fra­struc­ture projects cre­ate win­ners and losers and com­muters from Thorn­leigh, Pen­nant Hills, Beecroft, Chel­tenham and Ep­ping are the losers.

Those of us who had be­come used to trav­el­ling in com­fort to Mac­quarie Park and Chatswood will now have to take a bus on the con­gested Ep­ping Road. Those who travel to Syd­ney via the Har­bour Bridge will now need to travel via Strath­field. In some ways this is a back­ward step to 2009 be­fore the Ep­ping to Chatswood line was opened.

How­ever, much has changed since 2009. The strong growth in the Mac­quarie Park precinct had at­tracted some res­i­dents to our Shire be­cause of the great train link to Mac­quarie Park, Mac­quarie Univer­sity and Chatswood. For some time into the fu­ture these res­i­dents will ex­pe­ri­ence longer com­mute times.

Some of us may find it more con­ve­nient to travel to Syd­ney via Hornsby rather than via Strath­field. In peak hours there will be four trains per hour run­ning to Syd­ney via Strath­field (and four to Hornsby). Once you get to Hornsby there are 16 trains per hour run­ning to Syd­ney. It pays to check timeta­bles to see which di­rec­tion gives you the best, most com­fort­able travel ex­pe­ri­ence.

How­ever, the Trust also looks for the sil­ver lin­ing in ex­am­in­ing is­sues. It is pos­si­ble that once the Syd­ney Metro line is opened with sta­tions at Cher­ry­brook and Cas­tle Hill, the com­muter park­ing is­sues in streets around Pen­nant Hills rail­way sta­tion may be eased. It all de­pends on how many com­muters who cur­rently drive to Pen­nant Hills will find the Cher­ry­brook or Cas­tle Hill sta­tions more con­ve­nient. Re­duced com­muter park­ing may also im­pact some of our lo­cal busi­nesses.

What­ever hap­pens, the fu­ture will not be the same as the re­cent past.

The Trust is in­ter­ested in hear­ing the good and the bad from res­i­dents whose travel is im­pacted by the new train/ bus ar­range­ments. Post any com­ments or ob­ser­va­tions on our Face­book page (face­book.com/Pen­nan­tHill­sTrust) or email us at sec­re­tary.phdct@gmail.com

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