Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) Government will integrate the South West Rail Link with the Sydney Trains network to provide direct journeys to the city and double the services during peak hours.
South West Rail Link is Sydney’s new 11.4km-long rail line from Leppington to Glenfield through Edmondson Park.
The integrated line will become part of the T2 Inner West and South Line, travelling to the city via Granville.
With this integration, customers can catch a train every 15min, instead of every 30min during peak times.
It is expected that the peak 15min frequency will remain in place for most of the day and some low-demand services in the off-peak will continue to run every 30min to Glenfield and Liverpool.
NSW minister for transport and infrastructure Andrew Constance said: "In February, we opened the A$2.1bn South West Rail Link ahead of schedule and $300m under budget.
"It’s been a big hit with customers, with more than 1,500 train journeys every weekday to and from Leppington and Edmondson Park.
"Giving customers better access to destinations across Sydney and more trains to help them get there is the next step to delivering better public transport for South West Sydney customers.
"For the first time customers will be able to get a direct service to the city and improved access to key employment hubs including Parramatta, Liverpool and North Sydney."
South West Rail Link project was delivered in February by the NSW’s Transport Construction Authority (TCA) to address the issues of reliability and passenger growth on the metropolitan rail network.
With this new link, passengers will be able to connect with Liverpool CBD, through Leppington, Edmondson Park and Glenfield stations.
The line also connects passengers with T5 Cumberland Line, T2 South Line and T2 Airport Line at Glenfield, with the T2 South Line, T3 Bankstown Line and T5 Cumberland Line at Liverpool.
Camden legislative assembly member Chris Patterson said: "The South West is expected to house 300,000 new residents in the next decade.
"As the population grows, the NSW government will continue to monitor patronage closely to ensure we are providing the appropriate level of services for customers."