Quiet carriages become permanent fixture

QUIET carriages are now permanent on all intercity services operating on the South Coast line between the Illawarra and Sydney.

Quiet carriages enable customers to travel longer distances in a carriage with reduced noise levels and are located in the first and last carriages of eight-car trains, and the last carriage of four-car trains.

CityRail says the carriages have been introduced as a result of customer feedback following a three month trial where customers have indicated their continued support. They were first introduced to the Newcastle and Central Coast line earlier this year and will also remain available.

New platform signage, improved train and station announcements, and updated station posters and flyers will help commuters locate the carriages. While travelling on the carriages commuters are asked to place mobile phones on silent, move carriages to have a conversation with a fellow passenger, and use headphones with mobile devices, keeping the volume to a minimum.

Regular carriages remain available to customers who do not want to use a quiet carriage.


About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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