Sydney has been warned there will be more train timetable changes on Monday March 12 due to “tweaks” and slashed services.
As reported by The Sydney Morning Herald it’s expected around 94 services will be cut from the weekly schedule. This will mainly affect the Northern, North Shore, Bankstown, Cumberland and Carlingford lines. That number represents less than one per cent of the thousands of train services that run each week.
The chief executive of Sydney Trains, Howard Collins, has referred to the change as a “very minor tweak” in an official statement. He also said most of the services being cut were late-night or early morning trains; the times Opal data shows have fewer customers.
According to 7 News the stops between and including Hornsby and Berowra on the T1 Northern Line will lose some early morning and late-night services. The T3 Bankstown line will have five services cut. And the T5 Cumberland Line’s weekend services will mostly operate between Liverpool and Quakers Hill. Weekend trains will run every 45 minutes instead of every 30 minutes on the T6 Carlingford.
The news comes after yesterday’s announcement about interruptions scheduled for Central Station. The works happening there will close two of its busiest platforms (13 and 14 –15 is already closed). There is also the development of new underground platforms and the Central Walk, a 19-metre-wide, east-to-west underground concourse that will connect Chalmers Street to the new Sydney Metro platforms being built beneath.
These new changes are a short-term measure intended as a stopgap between now and when new trains will be introduced into the network (they are being shipped from China). So more timetable changes are expected to follow and may include more trains stopping at Redfern.
All of this comes after January’s strike action, the introduction of a new timetable in November 2017 and the occasional “act of God”, which have all put pressure on the system.