Inner West & Leppington Line
The Inner West & Leppington Line (numbered T2, coloured light blue) is a commuter rail service operated by Sydney Trains, serving the inner west and south-western regions of Sydney, Australia. Consisting 37 stops, the service commences from the City Circle, then heads west to Granville. The line branches at this point; services either head northwest to Parramatta or south to Leppington. A third terminus at Homebush is used when the part-time Parramatta branch isn't operating. The line commenced operations on 26 November 2017, replacing the T2 Airport, Inner West & South Line.
|Service type||Commuter rail service|
|Locale||Sydney, New South Wales|
|First service||26 November 2017|
|Current operator(s)||Sydney Trains|
|Average journey time||1h 29m (Leppington to Museum) |
59m (Parramatta to Museum)
|Rolling stock||K, C, M, A and B sets|
|Track gauge||Standard gauge|
|Electrification||Overhead 1500 V DC|
|T2 Airport, Inner West & South Line|
Following the 2011 state election, the newly-elected O'Farrell government embarked on reform of transport in New South Wales, and created a new organisation, Transport for NSW, in November of that year. This was followed up with another government reform, which saw Sydney Trains take over operation of the Sydney suburban rail network from CityRail in July 2013.
Transport for NSW developed a new rail timetable and branding, which was put into effect on 20 October 2013. This saw three of CityRail's lines - the Airport & East Hills Line (🌍 ), the Inner West Line (🌍 ) and the South Line (🌍 ) - merged to form the Airport, Inner West & South Line. A new numbering system was also introduced and the new line was given the number T2. The 2013 timetable was designed to integrate the projects of the Rail Clearways Program, a 2004 plan to divide the network's fourteen metropolitan rail lines into five independent "clearways" by installing extra tracks, passing loops, turnouts and turnbacks at pinch points around the network. By 2013, the Rail Clearways Program was substantially complete. At the same time, the delivery of 78 new Waratah trains was almost complete as well.
During the CityRail era, the Airport & East Hills Line was through-routed with the South Line, and the Inner West Line formed a loop with the Bankstown Line. A substantial change introduced by the 2013 timetable was the abolition of Bankstown loop services and most Liverpool via Regents Park services. These changes were made possible by Rail Clearways projects to construct new turnbacks at Homebush and Lidcombe. This allowed the operation of the Inner West and Bankstown lines to be separated, freeing up capacity between Lidcombe and Homebush for use by other services. However, the changes attracted criticism due to the increased number of interchanges and increase in travel time for passengers for all stations between Carramar/Berala and Birrong.
A new Sydney Trains timetable was introduced on 26 November 2017. The former T2 line was split in two. The new T2 consists of services from Leppington to the city via Granville, with a branch to Parramatta being added. A new T8 line provides services from Macarthur to the city via Sydney Airport or Sydenham. The new T2 is coloured light blue - a similar colour to CityRail's South Line. The T8 inherited the green line colour from the old T2, which was itself derived from the colour of CityRail's Airport & East Hills Line.
T5 services were modified to no longer travel to and from Campbelltown, instead starting and terminating at Leppington. These changes mean the section of the network between Glenfield and Macarthur is served exclusively by services operating via the East Hills railway line.
Services on the Inner West & Leppington Line commence by taking the City Circle (generally in an anti-clockwise direction) and then the Main Suburban railway line to a junction west of Granville. Here the line splits, with all-stations services taking the Main Western line a short distance to Parramatta. Limited-stops services take the Old Main South railway line to a junction north of Cabramatta and the Main South railway line as far as Glenfield. At a junction south of Glenfield, services switch to the South West Rail Link to reach the terminus at Leppington. The primary intermediate terminus of the northern section of the former T2 was Homebush. Most trains that terminated there now continue to Parramatta. The Homebush terminus is still used when the Parramatta branch is not operating, most notably at weekends. The following stations are served by T2 Inner West & Leppington Line trains:
- Museum, St James, Circular Quay, Wynyard, Town Hall and Central on the City Circle
- Redfern, Macdonaldtown, Newtown, Stanmore, Petersham, Lewisham, Summer Hill, Ashfield, Croydon, Burwood, Strathfield Homebush, Flemington, Lidcombe, Auburn and Granville on the Main Suburban line
- Harris Park and Parramatta on the Main Western line
- Merrylands, Guildford, Yennora, Fairfield, Canley Vale, Cabramatta, Warwick Farm, Liverpool, Casula and Glenfield on the Old Main South and Main South lines.
- Edmondson Park and Leppington on the South West Rail Link
T2 route diagram
||Railway line||Serving suburbs||Other lines|
|City Circle – Granville|
|Museum||MUS||4.99 km||1926||City Circle||Sydney CBD|
|St James||STJ||4.4 km||1926||Sydney CBD|
|Circular Quay||CQY||2.97 km||1956||Sydney CBD, The Rocks|
|Wynyard||WYN||2.1 km||1932||Sydney CBD, Barangaroo|
|Town Hall||TWH||1.2 km||1932||Sydney CBD|
|Central||CEN||n/a||1855||Sydney CBD, Chippendale,
Strawberry Hills, Ultimo, Surry Hills
|Redfern||REF||1.30 km||1878||Main Suburban||Redfern, Waterloo||(peak only)|
|Summer Hill||SMH||7.03 km||1879||Summer Hill|
|Flemington||FMG||14.32 km||1924||Homebush West|
|Granville – Parramatta|
|HPK||22.53 km||c. 1800s||Main Western||Harris Park|
|Granville – Leppington|
|Merrylands||MLN||23.47 km||1889||Old Main South||Merrylands|
|Canley Vale||CVE||30.98 km||1878||Canley Vale|
|Cabramatta||CAB||28.43 km||1870||Main South||Cabramatta|
|Warwick Farm||WKF||34.16 km||1889||Warwick Farm|
|Edmondson Park||2015||South West||Edmondson Park|
The following table shows the patronage of Sydney Trains network for the year ending 30 June 2019.
|116 553 000|
|19 389 000|
|4 600 000|
|58 917 000|
|30 578 000|
|69 575 000|
|7 738 000|
|1 802 000|
|46 346 000|
|†||5 018 000|
- Figures based on Opal tap on and tap off data.
§= T1 between Chatswood and Epping via Macquarie Park was replaced by Station Link bus services between September 2018 and May 2019
†= T1 North Shore, Northern & Western Line was split into the T1 North Shore & Western Line and T9 Northern Line in April 2019
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