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Buses

The Marrickville Council area is well serviced by Sydney Buses. Visit the Transport Info website to plan a trip or to find ticketing and service information.

In late 2014 Council began a program to replace bus shelters and to install new modern shelters for some bus stops where no shelter previously existed. Visit this page for information about the program.

Rail

The Marrickville Council area is well serviced by Sydney Trains with stations on the Bankstown Line, Inner West Line and Illawarra Line.

Visit the Transport Info website to plan a trip or to find ticketing and service information.

  • T3 Bankstown Line – Dulwich Hill, Marrickville, Sydenham, St Peters. Services to the City or to Liverpool/Lidcombe via Bankstown.
  • T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line – Sydenham, Tempe. Services to Bondi Junction via the City, or to Mortdale/Waterfall/Cronulla.
  • T2 Inner West & South Line – Newtown, Stanmore, Petersham, Lewisham. All-stations services to the City or to Homebush.
  • T2 Airport Line (weekday peak only) – Sydenham. Express services to the City (morning peak) and to Campbelltown (afternoon peak).

Sydney Trains also provides a late night bus service (NightRide) during early morning hours when most trains do not run. The NightRide network mirrors the rail network, but some routes and stopping patterns are different.

Visit the NightRide website to view a network map, ticketing information and timetables.

Light rail

The Inner West light rail extension opened in March 2014. The newly-renamed L1 Dulwich Hill Line extends the previous Central to Lilyfield light rail service through to Dulwich Hill station.

Marrickville Council lobbied for light rail for its residents for many years, and worked closely with Transport for NSW throughout the planning and construction phase to ensure the light rail is easy to find, easy to get to, and safe to use.

Visit the Transport Info website to plan a trip or to find ticketing and service information.

  • L1 Dulwich Hill Line – Dulwich Hill, Dulwich Grove, Arlington, Waratah Mills, Lewisham West, Taverners Hill. Services between Central and Dulwich Hill.

What is light rail?

Light rail is a form of urban rail transport which provides higher passenger capacity than buses, using vehicles which are more compact than Sydney Trains-style commuter trains (heavy rail) or metro trains.

There are many similarities and overlaps between light rail and tram systems. The main difference is that light rail generally refers to tracks separated from other traffic – with a dedicated right-of-way – while tram tracks run on streets mixed with other traffic. Sydney's existing light rail line combines both of these characteristics.

Sydney once boasted the world's second largest tram network (second to London) before trams were replaced with buses in the late 1950s. Today, most inner-city bus routes follow the old tram routes. Inner Sydney's dense urban development around long shopping strips, such as King Street Newtown, can be largely attributed to the tram network.

Modern light rail is quiet, comfortable and efficient; one light rail line can theoretically carry 8 times more peak-hour commuters than a single lane of freeway. Light rail can help address current car and bus congestion problems experienced in and around the Sydney CBD.

Many cities around the world are implementing light rail to address traffic congestion and improve liveability. There are light rail and tram systems in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, with a new light rail system also under construction at the Gold Coast.

GreenWay deferred indefinitely by NSW Government

While Marrickville Council initially welcomed the announcement of the Cooks River to Iron Cove GreenWay – an off-road walking and cycling link – to be built alongside the light rail extension, the NSW Government deferred the GreenWay indefinitely in September 2011.

Council expressed its disappointment that the GreenWay – a cost-effective proposal with strong community support and numerous benefits, and one which had been prioritised in numerous state planning documents – had been pushed aside by the NSW Government.