New Heavy Railway Lines Means Better Services For Commuters

New Heavy Railway Lines Means Better Services For Commuters

Commuters Must Be Put Front And Centre Of Decision Making

Victor P Taffa

Commuters must be put Front and Centre of Decision Making when building new or improving existing Railway Lines.

If Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne had 20 Million People in each Capital City then all Governments would be able to fund the latest fad that came along.

However Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne do not have 20 Million People in each Capital City.

Rather than fast suburban shuttle services called Rapid Transit Metro Rail what every Capital City of Australia needs to be connected by is High Speed Rail (HSR Aka Japan’s Bullet Train) at speeds of 500 km/h.

Melbourne and Adelaide needs a roll-on roll-off Rail Ferry across Bass Strait that takes Freight, High Speed Rail, Interstate, Regional, Suburban Trains and Tram Cars to Hobart. 

Heavy Rail Technology with overhead wiring enables new and innovative services to be introduced simply by extending existing lines.

 

Funding

Funding new improvements and building new lines would see Transport have a Budget equal to that of Health and Education.

70% of the Transport Budget would go towards Planning and Construction of new and improved Heavy Railway Lines.

In Sydney the following services can be added by cost effective improvements to the Heavy Rail Network such as:

 

Bradfield Line

  • Bradfield Line second city circle line will be required when North West Line opens.
  • Bradfield Line second city circle line for Western Line Trains
  • Double Track direct connection with Eastern Suburbs Line
  • Pedestrian Tunnel connecting Museum and Hyde Park Corner Railway Stations

Second City Circle Line named after Dr. John Bradfield who designed the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Railways is needed to relieve congestion on the Western Line.

Bradfield Line will be used by Western Line Trains except Northern and Richmond Line Trains.

 

Dr. John Bradfield designed Sydney Harbour Bridge and Railways with Bradfield Line named in his honour

Sydney Single Deck Heavy Rail Carriages can also serve the new North West Line through the narrow bored tunnels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bradfield Line Stations

Railway Maps would include the following stations and officially known as the Bradfield Line:

  • Central Platforms 26 & 27 (Already Constructed)
  • Darling Harbour
  • King Street
  • Bridge Street
  • Parliament
  • St. James Platforms 2 & 3 (Already Constructed)
  • Hyde Park Corner
  • Central Platforms 26 & 27 (Already Constructed)

 

Carlingford Line Extension

Duplicate and extend the Carlingford Line to Epping and also Liverpool via the converted Bus Transitway. Sets of Points at Liverpool on the Southern Line allows for new services to be introduced to the city which reduces congestion on the Bankstown Line.

Illawarra Line

Illawarra Line can be improved by building an additional 2 Tracks and 2 Operating Platforms between Hurstville-Sutherland. This will improve services on the Cronulla Line.

North Shore Line

North Shore Line can be improved by building an additional 2 Tracks and 2 Operating Platforms between North Sydney and Chatswood. This is important when the North West Heavy Rail Line commences operations.

North West Line (Under construction)

Until 1984 the East Hills Line was a Branch Line. Population growth required the extension of the East Hills Line to Glenfield.

Same issue affects the North West and line will require extending sooner than anticipated.

North West Line stops 3 km short of the Richmond Line and needs to be extended onto the Richmond Line and also joining with a rebuilt Ropes Creek Line.

Installing a Double Track Y Link at St. Mary’s relieves congestion on the Western Line enabling commuters from Emu Plains and Penrith better services and more seating capacity.

Unless rail tunnels on the North West Line are dug deeper to handle Double Deck Carriages then the North West Line will need single deck heavy rail rolling that connects onto the Richmond Line and with a rebuilt and extended Ropes Creek Line.

Bradfield Line second city circle line plan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double Track Diamond Junction

Double Track Diamond Junction at Richmond Line/ North West Line Junction plus a Double Track Rail Overpass is required to ensure commuters are placed Front and Centre of decision making.

New Services

Rebuilt and extended Ropes Creek Line that connects with a Heavy Rail North West Line allows for the introduction of the following new services:

  • Emu Plains-City via Ropes Creek & North West Lines (New Double Track Y Link)
  • Emu Plains-City via Western Line (Serves Bradfield Line)
  • Blacktown-City via Ropes Creek & North West Lines (New Double Track Y Link)
  • Mary’s-City via Ropes Creek & North West Lines (New Double Track Y Link)

These new services ensure commuters are placed Front and Centre of decision making.

Northern Line Extension

Extending the Northern Line to Hurstville via Roselands enables the introduction of a Berowra-Hurstville service. Hornsby-Strathfield Northern Line will require an additional 2 Tracks and 2 Operating Platforms to ensure commuters are placed Front and Centre of decision making.

Northern Line Extension Plan for Berowra-Hurstviile and Berowra-Bankstown Heavy Rail services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richmond Line Interchange Railway Stations

Richmond Line that operates between Blacktown-Richmond requires complete duplication. North West Line that extends and connects with a rebuilt and extended Ropes Creek Line will have interchange railway stations which include:

  • Cudgegong Road Interchange Platforms for Vineyard Station on Richmond Line
  • Riverstone Interchange Platforms above Surface Station
  • Vineyard Sets of Points takes trains to North West Line

 

Ropes Creek Line

Ropes Creek Branch Line closed in 1986 which diverged off the Western Line via Sets of Points at St. Mary’s with only 3 Stations. These being:

  • Dunheved
  • Cochrane
  • Ropes Creek

Ropes Creek corridor would be rebuilt and extended to include the following stations which would be known on Railway Maps as the Ropes Creek Line:

  • Dunheved
  • Cochrane
  • Ropes Creek
  • Lethbridge Park
  • Wilmot
  • Shalvey
  • Marsden Park
  • Schofields West

St. Mary’s extends via Double Track Y Link from Western Line onto Ropes Creek Line

North West Heavy Rail Line extends onto Ropes Creek Line at Riverstone