Epping to Chatswood line closure. Expect delays.

May 15, 2018 | Commercial Real Estate

Each day 20,000 people use the T1 – North Shore, Northern & Western Line. Because of upgrades to the track, the train service will face major disruptions over the coming months.

If you are one of these regular train commuters or a business owner whose employees travel between these stations, you need to prepare for upcoming disruptions to the service. Here is what you need to know.

Key dates:
From 30 September 2018 to 30 June 2019:
  • No trains on the T1-service between Chatswood and Epping.
  • The Station Link bus service will replace the train service.
After 30 April 2019:

The upgraded Macquarie train line services to resume (the exact date is still to be confirmed).

What stations are affected?

Chatswood, North Ryde, Macquarie Park, Macquarie University and Epping.

What is the extent of the disruption?

All trains on the Macquarie line will stop running for at least seven months starting from 30 September 2018, while Transport for NSW upgrades the track to the Sydney Metro system.

Why is the disruption happening?

The Sydney Metro is an upgrade to Sydney’s rail network. It’s Australia’s biggest public transport project. Trains will run every four minutes during peak hour once the project is completed.

What are the travel alternatives?

A bus fleet called Station Link will be in operation while the Epping to Chatswood rail line is upgraded. During peak hour, a fleet of 120 buses will be running every six minutes. At other times, there will be at least one bus every ten minutes between Epping and Chatswood, operating seven days a week on a loop service.

Will there be much delay?

Whilst Transport NSW is doing everything in their power to keep delays to a minimum, business owners and tenants from business parks are concerned.

Macquarie Business Park is home to many large organisations, including Microsoft, Sony and Optus. Optus alone employs 6,500 staff and will also operate 160 employee express buses during the disruption to help get their employees to work.

At best, the average public bus trip will take at least ten more minutes than the existing train service.

However, this assumes that the planned road upgrades are completed by the end of September 2018 and that buses will be able to operate efficiently in congested areas.

Ryde Mayor, Jerome Laxale, has expressed his concern that the upgrades won’t be ready in time. Mr Laxale recently said that the roads were already at a ‘complete gridlock’ now and that he hated to imagine what extra bus services and cars on the route during the closure would do.

Transport for NSW Coordinator General, Marg Prendergast, has countered this criticism, saying that ‘stage one of the bus priority infrastructure program’ will be completed on time.

Get in touch

If you have a lease expiry within the next 24 months or would like more information about the closures, get in touch with the team at Tenant CS. We can help you prepare for the disruption or look for market alternatives on your behalf.

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The Author

Timothy Battut joined Tenant CS Australia in 2018 in order to support the tenant representation Sydney team. After one year he moved to Singapore, where he now works for the team as a Business Development Manager.

Timothy has a Bachelor Double Degree in International Business from Groupe ESC Clermont (France) and can speak three languages (English, French and Spanish).

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