Now even more commuters can seek refuge from loud music, rowdy conversations and the constant sounds of Angry Birds.
Train travel is set to become a more relaxing experience with the NSW government announcing the expansion of the quiet carriage initiative.
Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian yesterday said that quiet carriages will be introduced to more areas following an overwhelming positive response from passengers.
From this week, quiet carriages will be expanded to the South Coast Line between Kiama and Bomaderry, the Southern Highlands Line and the Bathurst Bullet express train.Quiet carriages were introduced in a trial on the South Coast line last year and the initiative quickly became permanent as passengers relished the peaceful atmosphere.
Ms Berejiklian said almost 90 per cent of passengers surveyed said quiet carriages had improved their overall travel experience.
‘‘I’m pleased that we will effectively double the number of existing quiet carriages on intercity services, giving customers twice as much opportunity to travel in a quiet carriage and enjoy their journey in peace,’’ Ms Berejiklian said.
Quiet carriages will now operate on the first, last and two middle carriages of an eight-car train; first and last carriages of a four-car train; and the last carriage of a two-car train.
Clear signage will be rolled out to advise passengers to switch phones to silent, turn the volume down on headphones and keep chat to a minimum in quiet carriages.