Sydney commuters facing more train delays

Sydney commuters facing more train delays

Sydney Trains chief executive Howard Collins said his advice to the Transport Minister before the new timetable was introduced on November 26 was that the rail operator was ready for it but "I did say that things would be tight".

"There are not enough drivers and thousands of commuters are forced to travel on non-air-conditioned 1970s trains", the opposition leader, Luke Foley, said on Wednesday.

"After investigations, we believe that there has been no abnormal spike in sick leave today by train drivers and [this] is another attempt by Sydney Trains to demonise their hard-working and dedicated drivers to hide their own failings", it said in a statement.

Transport NSW tweeted on Wednesday morning: "MAJOR DELAYS ACROSS THE NETWORK due to staff availability & earlier incidents".

'Employ more drivers. How about a government that concentrates on the delivery of transport services, instead they're prioritising a $2billion stadium splurge'.

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union accusing the government of trying to squeeze too much out of the network.

Commuters are being warned of long delays. Source AAP
Commuters are being warned of long delays. Source AAP

Town Hall Station suffered serious levels of overcrowding during the evening peak on Tuesday.

We will keep you updated across the day. "Clearly the government went against its own expert advice on the new timetable".

Sydney Trains is blaming an unprecedented number of sick staff, coinciding with those on holiday leave for delays on the city's network.

"There are no delays due to staff shortages this morning", Mr Collins said.

But Mr Constance also confirmed that there would be no refunds for passengers whose trips were disrupted on Monday and Tuesday.

The headache for commuters on the Sydney train network has eased for the time being, but the pressure is now on Sydney Trains to make amends for two days of cancellations and lengthy delays, and potentially reconsider its timetable. "This new timetable is delivering the services we need".


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