Chatswood railway station

Chatswood railway station is located on the North Shore line, serving the Sydney suburb of Chatswood. It is served by Sydney Trains T1 North Shore & Western Line, T9 Northern Line services and Sydney Metro Metro North West Line services.

Northbound view from Platform 3 in October 2017
LocationRailway Street, Chatswood
Coordinates33°47′50″S 151°10′51″E
Owned byRailCorp
Operated bySydney Trains
Line(s)North Shore
Metro North West
Distance11.65 kilometres from Central
Platforms4 (2 islands)
Structure typeElevated
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeCWD
WebsiteTransport for NSW
Opened1 January 1890
Passengers (2018)56,950 (daily)[1] (Sydney Trains, NSW TrainLink)
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
towards Central
Central Coast & Newcastle Line
(peak hour services)
towards Wyong
Preceding station   Sydney Trains   Following station
towards Emu Plains or Richmond
North Shore & Western Line
towards Berowra
towards Hornsby via Strathfield
Northern Line
towards Gordon
Preceding station   Sydney Metro   Following station
towards Tallawong
Metro North West Line
  Future service  
towards Tallawong
Metro North West Line
towards Bankstown


Chatswood station opened on 1 January 1890 when the North Shore line opened from Hornsby to St Leonards.[2] An island platform was built on 23 May 1900 and a third dock platform brought into use on 12 July 1919. There was a small goods yard, similar to the one at St Leonards, on the western side of the station, beyond the northern end of the platforms. The dock platform on the eastern side of the station was used for electric parcel-van traffic and also for terminating some services from the city, until these were rescheduled to terminate further along the North Shore line from January 1992.[3] It was removed in October 1994.[4] Until 1958 there was a tram terminus in Victoria Avenue beside the station. The station entrance was later integrated with a shopping centre called The Interchange in the mid-1980s.

With the construction of the Chatswood to Epping line, it was decided to redevelop the station to accommodate Chatswood's new role as a junction station. The original station, as well as the attached bus interchange and shopping centre were demolished in 2005 and a temporary station was opened where the former platform 3 was located. A new western island platform opened in place of the original island platform on 16 October 2006. The eastern island platform opened in 2008.[5] [6]The signal cabin that was located at the northern end of the station building, was saved and has been preserved as part of the bus interchange.[7]

The new station precinct is known as the Chatswood Transport Interchange (CTI) and consists of the railway station, a bus interchange and pedestrian pathways connecting the precinct to the surrounding streets. The CTI was constructed as a Public Private Partnership and was to include a new shopping plaza called Metro Chatswood and three towers. The private developers, CRI Chatswood, went into receivership whilst construction was underway.[8] As a result, the shopping centre remained closed until 2014 and major construction of the towers was delayed for several years.

From 26 May 2019, Chatswood station became the major terminus of the Metro North West Line which replaced the Epping to Chatswood railway line which closed on 29 September 2018. [9] This will, at a later date be extended to Bankstown via the Sydney Harbour Rail Tunnel. This will leave Platforms 1 and 4 the only platforms served by Sydney Trains, while the two terminating roads are used by Metro North West Line.

Station layout

The station consists of two island platforms - a city-bound platform and an outbound platform. The two centre platforms now serve as the terminus of the Sydney Metro Northwest line. The outer platforms serve the Northern and North Shore lines. A turnback / stabling road is located to the south of the station and is used to terminate some trains from the Sydney Metro.

Access to Chatswood station is provided by a series of pedestrian walkways at three different intersections: Victoria Avenue and Railway Street, Chatswood Mall and Orchard Road, and Post Office Lane and Victor Street.[10] Additional pedestrian entrances are available from Chatswood Central Plaza, adjacent to the north side of the station concourse.[10]

Because the station and tracks are level with the ground, the concourse is actually below street level despite being open-air in nature. The installation of new "jump-proof" opal card ticket barriers[11] in 2018 reduces fare evasion and ensures faster entry into the concourse which features stairs, lifts, and escalators to access the platforms. The station fulfills Sydney Trains' Easy Access criteria.


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Chatswood Bus Guide by Transport for NSW
Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1 Services to Central, Strathfield & towards Emu Plains & Richmond [12]
Services to Central, Strathfield & towards Hornsby via Epping[13]
2 Morning peak services to Blacktown via Central[14]
2 Terminating services from Tallawong [15]Services to extend to Bankstown from 2024, as part of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest.
3 Services to Tallawong
4 Services to Lindfield, Gordon, Hornsby & Berowra [16]
Services to Lindfield & Gordon[13]
6 Evening peak services to Gosford & Wyong via Gordon & Hornsby[14]

Chatswood station is served by bus routes operated by Forest Coach Lines, State Transit, Transdev NSW, Transit Systems and Hillsbus, and two NightRide routes.[17]

Track layout

Track layout
Down Shore
Arrangement of
crossovers at
north end is
Up Shore
to Sydney

Track layout after construction of the Chatswood to Epping line in 2009 and prior to the opening of the Sydney Metro Northwest.

“Up Shore” is the technical name of the track that carries trains towards Sydney, and “Down Shore” away.

Chatswood (current layout)
Towards Hornsby
High speed
swingnose crossovers
Towards City


  1. NSW Train Stations Barrier Dashboard 2004-2018 Institute for Sustainable futures UTS
  2. Chatswood Station
  3. "CityRail launches new timetable" Railway Digest February 1992 page 45
  4. "Signalling & Safeworking" Railway Digest November 1994 page 41
  5. Chatswood Transport Interchange Archived 21 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine Transport Construction Authority
  6. Chatswood Transport Interchange Archived 5 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine NSW Treasury
  7. Historical Signal Room Willoughby City Council
  8. Carter, Bridget. Chatswood development delays trigger $28m payout for Bonett The Australian 30 September 2010.
  9. Station Link and adjustments to train and bus services supporting the new Sydney Metro Northwest Transport for NSW 11 September 2018
  10. Guide to bus services at Chatswood Transport Interchange New South Wales Ministry of Transport Retrieved 15 February 2009
  11. "Sydney Trains takes the paddle to new high tech ticket barriers". Government News. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  12. "T1: Western line timetable". Transport for NSW.
  13. "T9: Northern line timetable". Transport for NSW.
  14. "Central Coast & Newcastle line timetable". Transport for NSW.
  15. "M: Metro North West line timetable". Transport for NSW.
  16. "T1: North Shore line timetable". Transport for NSW.
  17. Chatswood Station Transport for NSW
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