Metro may Extend to Liverpool

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Liverpool train commuters might get faster & more frequent services with direct access to employment hubs in North Sydney, Chatswood and Macquarie Park.

The State Government confirmed yesterday it is considering extending the Sydney Metro to Liverpool instead of the original plan to stop at Bankstown.

If the plan goes ahead, it will be a very long wait for the first Metro trains out of Liverpool. The initial plan forecasts the line won’t reach Bankstown until 2024.

Liverpool Council has lobbied for the extension. Mayor Ned Mannoun said, “Imagine having a train arrive every four minutes at the platform? This service will bring us in to line with other great modern cities around the world who are taking the bull by the horns and changing attitudes about public transport.”

It won’t be as fast as originally hoped by the council, saving 15 minutes on a typical trip to the City making it around 40 minutes to Central.

It won’t be just commuters travelling to the City, the trip to Chatswood would take 25 minutes less according Government figures making it under an hour without the need to change trains.

Plans are yet to details if any stops will be included between Bankstown or Liverpool and the future of the existing rail line that operates between Bankstown & Liverpool via Villawood. The current rail link to Bankstown is only five minutes slower than the proposed Metro, which would follow a more direct route to Liverpool.

The Federal Government is also considering options for a future link to Badgerys Creek Airport as part of its planning for the second Sydney Airport. However, it won’t be ready when the airport opens in the next decade.