Sydney trains will not run from 8pm tonight until 6am tomorrow, due to industrial action by the Rail Tram and Bus Union. Union members will go on strike from 3pm today, causing a significant number of services across Sydney, Intercity and regional lines to be cancelled or disrupted. From 6pm train frequency will slow significantly, until they stop altogether at 8pm. From 6pm to 6am, a “limited supply of buses” will replace Suburban and Intercity train services; fares won’t be charged on these buses.

Transport NSW has advised commuters to reconsider travelling this afternoon, this evening and early tomorrow morning, and to plan ahead – the combination of extra buses on the roads coupled with more people driving and using rideshare services is set to cause delays on roads. Rideshare and taxi services are also expected to be in high demand.

Public transport passengers should also prepare for significant disruptions during the holiday period – particularly those who use the T3 Bankstown, T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra and South Coast lines. From December 26 until January 9, parts of these lines and several stations will be closed for Sydney Metro upgrades.

From December 26 to 28, buses will replace trains between Lidcombe and Central via Bankstown on the T3 Bankstown line, as well as between Sydenham and Central on the T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra, and South Coast lines. Then from December 29 to January 9, buses will replace trains between Lidcombe and Sydenham, via Bankstown. The disruptions also coincide with the suspension of light rail services on the L1 Dulwich Hill Line, after trams on that line were taken out of action due to faults.

And for much of the holiday period, Sydney’s Metro, train, bus, ferry and light rail networks will run to reduced timetables. Find out more here.

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