The Downgrading of Liverpool Train Services

T2 Leppington Line

Express Trains to City Circle removed in 2017
Direct Trains to Campbelltown also removed

T2 Inner West Line

Liverpool to via Regents Park removed in 2013
Inner West Line is the shortest to City Circle

T3 Bankstown Line

T3 Train to City is slower than previously on T2
Express and direct train to Bankstown will be removed due to Metro Southwest

Extend the Sydney Trains Network "South West Rail Link" from Leppington to Western Sydney Airport

T2 Western Sydney Airport to City Circle via Liverpool and Granville

T8 Western Sydney Airport to City Circle via East Hills and Sydney Airport

The South West Rail Link opened in 2015 from Glenfield to Leppington as the backbone of future Sydney Trains Network connection with Western Sydney Airport (Terminal).

Yet both the Commonwealth Government and NSW Government are now forsaking this critical infrastructure link in lieu of the wasteful conversion of the line into Metro.

Extending the South West Rail Link from Leppington to Western Sydney Airport provides the shortest route to the new Western Sydney Airport (Terminal) and direct connections available to other parts of Sydney including City Circle, Central, Sydney Airport, Liverpool, Revesby, Parramatta and Bankstown.

The government proposal for Metro from Glenfield to Aerotropolis falls short of Western Sydney Airport (Terminal) and fails to provide an integrated rail network for Greater Sydney.

Transport for NSW corridor for extension of the South West Rail Link

Liverpool to City was faster in 1975 than with Today's Timetable

1975: 37 Minutes (via Granville) – Express

2017: 64 Minutes (via Granville) – All Stations (Express Train Removed)

2017: 53 Minutes (via Bankstown) – “Express” (current timetable)

2024: Additional 17 Minutes. Bankstown Line “Express” to be removed due to Sydenham – Bankstown Metro



What Sydney Metro Southwest really means

Increased Travel Times to City by 17 minutes

Government documents show that Liverpool, Warwick Farm, Cabramatta and Casula will experience increased journey times.

Commuters Forced to Stand for up to 2 Hours Every Day

Metro trains are not designed for long distance commutes and have very few seats forcing the majority of commuters to stand.

No Express Trains to City Circle and Bankstown

Metro is only "all stations" services and with Metro Southwest replacing Sydenham - Bansktown, the T3 Express will be removed. The direct train between Liverpool and Bankstown will also be removed.

Over development in South West Sydney

Metro is built to benefit property developers not the community's public transport needs. There are better alternatives to Metro...

Upgrading Existing Heavy Rail is cheaper and faster than converting Sydenham - Bankstown into Metro Southwest. Upgrading Signalling on the existing Bankstown Line delivers 20 trains per hour.

Additional tracks on the Western Line (Croydon/Homebush - Lidcombe/Granville) reduces travel times by 17 minutes for South West commuters.


The Petition of South West Sydney residents and commuters Brings to the attention of the House the removal of the following train services from Liverpool since 2013: Inner West Line (City to Liverpool via Regents Park), Express Trains to City via Granville (T2 Leppington Line), Direct Train to Campbelltown (T5 Cumberland Line), the upcoming removal of Express Trains to City via T3 Bankstown Line (due to the Sydenham – Bankstown Metro Southwest). 

The undersigned petitioners therefore ask the Legislative Assembly to: Fix Liverpool Transport by restoring the Inner West Line’s Liverpool via Regents Park service, restoring express trains to City on the T2 Leppington Line, restoring the direct train to Campbelltown and the T5 Cumberland Line, maintain existing heavy rail services on the T3 Bankstown Line and upgrade signalling on the T3 Bankstown Line instead of building Metro Southwest.

Extend the South West Rail Link from Leppington to Western Sydney Airport, allowing for T2 Line trains from Western Sydney Airport to City Circle via Liverpool and Granville; and T8 Line trains from Western Sydney Airport to City Circle via East Hills and Sydney Airport.


Charishma Kaliyanda

Member for Liverpool
Shops 3 - 5 Ground Floor,

95 Northumberland Street LIVERPOOL NSW 2170
(02) 9602 0040

Jo Haylen

NSW Transport Minister
GPO Box 5341, Sydney NSW 2001
(02) 7225 6060
Email the Transport Minister

Ned Manoun

Mayor of Liverpool City Council
Locked Bag 7064, Liverpool BC, NSW 1871
(02) 8711 7463


Our campaign to Fix Liverpool Transport includes the operation of the T5 Cumberland Line for all stations from Campbelltown to Richmond via the Y-LINK.

Internal Transport for NSW documents indicate that the T5 Cumberland Line Y-Link to close in 2026.

Fighting for South West Sydney Public Transport and Against Toll Roads

Train Timetable changes designed to increase traffic on motorways

"Services improvements on the Western Line over the concurrent time frame may result in increased patronage for trips in the M4 Motorway" - WestConnex M4 Widening State Significant Infrastructure Application Report (2013)

2 Additional Tracks on Western Rail corridor important for South West

"Customers are likely to experience journey times to CBD via [T2 Leppington] South Line (without Croydon-Granville tunnel) of over 1 hour – c. 17 mins extra against today" - Sydney's Rail Future Implementation Plan (2013)

Government documents also show that the T3 Bankstown Line will be cut at Cabramatta

Currently the T3 Bankstown Line starts at Liverpool station and provides direct trains to Bankstown, Sydenham and Sydney CBD (including express trains)

Once the Sydenham to Bankstown Metro is built, Liverpool commuters may have to interchange at Cabramatta.

Government documents show that upgrading the Western Rail corridor with additional tracks from Croydon to Granville is essential for Liverpool, Warwick Farm, Cabramatta and Casula commuters. However in 2014, the government redesigned Flemington station without allowing for the inclusion of additional tracks for even the smaller upgrade to sextuplicate the line between Homebush and Lidcombe.

Tolls were also introduced onto the M4 Motorway just months before the 2017 Sydney Trains timetable change which resulted in the loss of express trains to City on the T2 Leppington Line. The government has also ruled out building additional tracks (Croydon/Homebush to Lidcombe/Granville) along the Western Rail corridor.

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