News, Sydney

A new red line through Sydney’s rail map


Confusion about which rail line is which has spurred transport planners to redesign Sydney’s rail map to make it easier for passengers to understand.

Since a “T system” was introduced as part of an overhaul of the rail timetable in 2013, much of the misunderstanding when reading the map has been about the T1 line because it encompasses the Western, Northern and North Shore lines.

In an attempt to make it easier for commuters and tourists alike, the T1 Northern Line will be renamed the T9 Northern Line from April 28. As well, it will drop yellow for a distinct red, and extend from Hornsby to Gordon via Epping, and Sydney’s central business district.

The Metro North West line will also make its first appearance on Sydney’s rail map in its trademark aqua – the same colour its driverless, single-deck trains are painted in. The new $8 billion line from Rouse Hill in Sydney’s north-west to Chatswood is due to open in May.

Transport for NSW said the map redesign was aimed at making it easier for customers by reducing the complex information about existing services such as the T1 trains.

“Customer information will now be clearer and more concise,” it said. “This is not just a rebranding. It is about making customer journeys easier and improving their ability to plan their trip.”

Diagrammatic maps have played a crucial role in ensuring the smooth flow of passengers on railways for decades. A map of Sydney’s rail network in the 1930s drew inspiration from the first diagrammatic map of the London Underground by Harry Beck.

The Tube map has been repeatedly refined since and become one of – if not the – best known in the world. With SMH