Read the latest on the Macquarie University train station upgrade

In 2019, the NSW Government will be delivering eight new railway stations and 4000 commuter car parking spaces to Sydney’s growing North West region.

Part of this upgrade is the line between Epping and Chatswood stations, including the Macquarie University, Macquarie Park and North Ryde stations.

From late 2018, these stations will temporarily close, reopening in early 2019. During the closure, Transport for NSW will provide an additional 75 buses to replace the rail service, delivering up to 330 additional services per day.

The University is committed to finding sustainable solutions to help minimise the impact on our staff, students and the broader community. We have formed a Steering Committee and Project Working Groups to engage with key stakeholders across the University on planning for the closure, and ensuring the best possible outcomes for affected staff and students. Further, we are working in collaboration with Connect Macquarie, an organisation that provides transport support to the North Ryde and Macquarie Park areas.

In addition, the University is investigating solutions to reduce the need for on-campus presence during peak hours, including flexible working practices, co-working hubs, changes to timetabling of lectures and tutorials, and live streaming of course elements. All of these options are in the early stages of investigation, and regular updates will be provided through This Week as it becomes available.





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  1. Conspiracy theory! the purpose of this closure is to increase the financial burden on people living & working there. Since 80% of people there are Chinese, the rich Chinese, the NSW government would like to get some of their “extra money”. Especially Chinese never complain and more than happy to be in Australia, NSW government found it and easy money opportunity. For the long run, the infrastructure of Sydney will be like Mumbai and traffic like Jakarta. Australian government doesn’t care because the residents there are Chinese, not Anglo Saxons.

  2. If you’ve ever tried walking to Epping Station you will have noted the lack of footpaths along Epping Road. Is it possible to look at improving that situation?

  3. So, the NSW Government will be delivering eight new railway stations and 4000 commuter car parking spaces in the North West? Just wondering: How many separated cycleways are they planning?

    When stations in North Ryde temporarily close and we have 75 buses replacing the rail service, delivering up to 330 additional services per day, what impact will that have on current commute times for those of us who bus in at present?

    This could have been a wonderful opportunity to invest in active transport infrastructure. To get more people walking, running and cycling. To get fit.

    Pittwater Road, Quarry Road, Pidding Road, Lanecove Road, for example. These are important transport corridors for cyclists riding to Macquarie Park from the West and Inner West. Presently too dangerous to use for anyone contemplating starting out on two wheels.

    Had Ryde City Council (herein, Council) and RMS started planning for active transport alternatives in the early stages, projects making these road assets safer for cyclists of all levels of experience, would have been completed by now.


    When I recently asked Council about their plans for managing the imminent upheaval, they told me they’d be happy to lodge a ticket on my behalf! When I pressed them for more info, they told me they can’t be across every project Council is working on.

    Somehow that response suggests to me that contingency plans won’t extend beyond remedial works to fill all the potholes caused by the additional 75 buses squeezing through North Ryde’s already clogged arterial roads.

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