Contained in this website are plans for 21 new or extensions of existing Railway lines for Metropolitan Sydney. Construction should occur over the next thirty years with three lines under construction at the same time. Governments for various reasons have not proceeded with Railway expansion that dates back to the 1920’s. Where will we be in thirty years’ time if we continue to do nothing?
Construction of new Railway lines is expensive, but is Road construction that much cheaper? Continued delay only leads to an escalation in construction costs. For all the Toll Roads that Sydney has, have we solved peak hour traffic congestion?
This provides residents with a new transport option. It also enables people to access employment more easily than is presently available.
The Lower Blue Mountains Line will lead to a boom in economic activity for the immediate region. Land values will increase and housing capacity will improve.
The Lower Blue Mountains Line can be constructed in its own right.
The Lower Blue Mountains Line should be built along with two other lines at the same time over the next thirty years.
As three new lines come into operation, more Railway lines should be underway so that all 21 lines will be built in thirty years’ time.
These plans are not designed for Branch Railways. These plans are designed to be built as through lines. By implementing cross over tracks, you can operate terminating services and also run through services. With a Branch Railway, you cannot do both. Metro Rail is intended to operate as a Branch line. Sydney does not need more Branch Railways. That is why many Country Railways closed. Branch Railways are unsustainable.
In Melbourne, their Metropolitan Railways are entirely Branch lines with the exception of the new city circle loop.
Where the Bankstown line Extension is planned to terminate at Badgerys Creek, the opportunity exists to connect with a ‘Y’ Link to the Campbelltown line.
There is currently four Branch Railways in Sydney. These being the Carlingford, Cronulla, Eastern Suburbs and Richmond Lines.
Constructing through lines that join other lines will lead to more effective, reliable and frequent services.
Lower Blue Mountains Line Railway Stations
Mount Victoria Existing Surface Station with Double Track Y Link
Bilpin Surface Station near southern side Bells Line of Road
Kurrajong Surface Station near Bells Line of Road/ Vincent Rd Int.
Richmond North Surface Station near Bells Line of Road/ Terrace Rd Int.
Richmond Existing Surface Station with Sky Train Interchange Platforms
A Sky Train will be built that skirts around the Richmond Township.
Richmond will have new Interchange Platforms and the existing Railway Station will continue to operate.
Mount Victoria Double Track Y Link
At Mount Victoria a Double Track Y Link would be installed that allows flexibility for Heavy Rail services and relieve pressure on the Western Line for Freight Trains and all Interstate Trains enabling the introduction of new services. This will improve services on the Blue Mountains Line for existing Interurban Services from Mount Victoria.
Railway Station Entrances
Railway Station entrances are to be functionary and not grandiose so as to maintain a uniform appearance and ensure that Taxpayers Dollars are used judiciously thus allowing for additional Railway Lines to be built with only stairways and lifts visible at the street level.
Funding for the Lower Blue Mountains Line involves the following sources:
- Railways Lottery
- Restaurant/Lounge Carriages
- Railway Bonds
Existing unused Railway Infrastructure such as Tunnels and Platforms will be brought into use to reduce costs of construction. Underground Railway Stations will be built underneath land ridges as there is less depth to dig thus reducing the overall cost of the Railway Line that allows for additional Railway Lines to be built.
The Lower Blue Mountains Line involves the use of Heavy Rail Technology to allow for maximum connectivity with the existing Heavy Rail Network.
After all these are YOUR RAILWAYS: OUR FUTURE