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.