CUSTOMERS on Sydney's T2 Airport Line will have access to more than 200 extra services every week in non-peak times to cater for a spike in customer demand, as part of the NSW Government's 'More Train, More Services' program.
Announced last week, the improvements include a doubling of trains servicing the Domestic and International Airport stations from four to eight services per hour during the day on weekends which means a train, on average, every 7 and a half minutes, compared with every 15 minutes today.
Extra services will also be provided on weekdays late at night, meaning trains running every 15 minutes instead of every 20-30 minutes today.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the growth in passenger numbers is unprecedented, adding that the doubling of services on the weekend was needed because the growth is so dramatic.
"In 2014 there were 6.2 million customer journeys to and from Domestic and International Airport stations. Since then, there has been an extra one million customer journeys to and from the Airport each year – a 32 per cent increase in patronage," Mr Constance said.
The Minister said weekend patronage has grown even more, with the 1.2 million customer journeys records in 2014 increasing by 42 per cent to 1.8 million in 2016.
"It's clear that more and more people are choosing the train to and from the airport, so we need to move fast to cater for this growth," he said.
"More than 200 extra services a week will make it an even easier choice, plus the fact we'll be running services every 15 minutes later at night. Convenience will come first."
"We know driving to the airport can be painful, so we're hoping the service boost acts as another incentive to leave the car behind."
Mr Constance said that combined with $500 million in major road upgrades in and around the airport and longer term solutions like WestConnex, travelling to the airport should become easier.
"Extra train services will complement this work, and provide plane passengers, airport and airline workers with better options to access both Sydney Airport and the city," Mr Constance said.
Earlier this year, the NSW Government announced an extra 20 express trains per week in the AM and PM peak hour connecting Campbelltown and Macarthur customers with Sydney CBD via the T2 Airport Line.
The new service improvements will be implemented from late 2017.