Sydney trains rush hour delays and cancellations

Irving Hamilton
October 10, 2018

It came following similar chaos on the roads thanks to a fatal motorcycle accident on the Anzac Bridge.

A number of frustrated public transport users have also taken to twitter to share photos and messages about the delays.

An update has since said that buses are replacing some services to assist those attempting to travel around the city. Buses are supplementing some trains.

He said Sydney Trains had been expecting 76 workers to call in sick.

Mr Collins said a major surge in passengers at Town Hall during peak periods - especially evenings - was partly due to a near doubling in people catching trains to and from fast-growing suburbs such as Mascot and the Green Square precinct in Sydney's inner south... Already six services cancelled on the T8 line between 4:30 and 6pm.

"We are working hard to maintain a regular service, so changes are to be expected..."

Transport Minister Andrew Constance said more than 110 workers were sick or absent for other reasons.

'Central station is packed. When will you get your s**t together #sydneytrains, ' one commuter tweeted.

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Despite the delays and "enormous challenges" for staff, Mr Constance said trains continue to run over 90 per cent regularly, ABC reported.

"That has taken staff availability and affected staff availability".

'This is all just about people (who) are just exhausted and people need a break and they're not getting it, ' he said. "We have got staff being counselled".

The department usually responds to one or two incidents each month.

Rail Tram and Bus Union NSW Secretary Alex Claassens agreed the Government had not done enough to train staff in the short term.

He said if the party wins next year's state election, commuters would have a 28-day window to claim the refund for any delays caused by "avoidable" problems on the rail network.

NSW Labor seized on the frustrations by announcing it would offer refunds to commuters who are delayed for more than half an hour if elected in March.

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