Mayor Says Roads Aren't Ready For Epping To Chatswood Train Closure

No trains for 7 months

Mayor Says Roads Aren't Ready For Epping To Chatswood Train Closure

Several days ago, it was announced that the Epping and Chatswood train line will close on September 30 as the Sydney Metro project continues.

However, Ryde Mayor Jerome Laxale has said that the roads are not ready to handle the increase in traffic when the changes come into effect.

The train line will be closed for seven months while the area is upgraded for the Metro, with some 20,000 train commuters now needing to take alternative transport.

A pink bus fleet called Station Link will be implemented to make up for the closure, however Mr Laxale has expressed concern that the roads won't be able to cope with the volume of services coming through.

A bus service will be scheduled for every six minutes during peak times, with more than 1,000 services a day running on the 120 new buses.

"I find it extraordinary that the road upgrades promised wont be delivered in time," Mr Laxale said.

"The entire $60 million package, the majority of them will be delivered after the rail line reopens.

"I've had no valid explanation as to why they have been delayed … they've had seven years to upgrade these roads."

Transport for NSW Coordinator General Marg Prendergast has said that the 'bus priority infrastructure program' stage one would be finished in time.

This includes 580 metres of new bus lanes, utilities, road pavements, medians, traffic islands, drainage and footpaths.

 

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