A large chunk of Sydney Trains’ workforce will go on strike tomorrow, Tuesday December 14. They’re protesting due to safety concerns with a fleet of “foreign-made” trains and significant delays are expected across all Sydney and intercity lines, with reduced timetables and cancellation of some services, from first train in the morning until last train at night.

On some suburban lines, trains will run every 30 minutes and stop at all stations, leading to longer journey times. And buses will replace trains on the T3 Bankstown line between Bankstown and Lidcombe; services on the branch of that line between Liverpool and the city will run at a reduced frequency.

Buses will also replace trains between Lidcombe and Olympic Park, while intercity trains will run to a weekend timetable.

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On the South Coast line, buses are replacing trains between Port Kembla and Wollongong, Wollongong and Thirroul, and Wollongong and Kiama. All replacement buses will be limited but fares will not be charged.

Transport NSW recommends driving where possible, or catching taxis or rideshare services – but does warn that road traffic may be heavier than usual. Regular buses, ferries and light-rail services will be running as normal (apart from capacity restrictions due to Covid-19), as will Metro trains – but customers should allow extra time if continuing their journey from Epping or Chatswood via Sydney Trains.

This week’s industrial action comes after last Tuesday’s strike, which saw up to 75 per cent of trains taken out of service for the day. More strike action is expected next week.

The Sydney Trains industrial action will run from first to last service on December 14, 2021. Keep up to date with changes here.