Mr Michael Richardson to the Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport, Minister for Finance—

Will your $10 million Rail Transformation Program examine the fall of nearly 30 per cent in passenger numbers on the Carlingford line since 2001-02?


I am advised:

The $38 million Carlingford Line Passing Loop forms part of the NSW Government's Rail Clearways Program and will also help improve services for families in North Western Sydney.

The project, which involves construction of a train passing loop at Rydalmere Station, will allow the concurrent running of services in both directions on the Carlingford Line and will allow for more flexible and reliable train operations.

This will include greater service frequency between Carlingford and Clyde, with half hourly services throughout the day and improved connections at Clyde.

Planning for the project is scheduled to commence in early 2008, and I am advised that patronage on the Carlingford Line will be considered when drafting future timetables.

Question asked on 25 October 2007 (session 54-1) and published in Questions & Answers Paper No. 28.
Answer received on 29 November 2007 and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 40.