From today, travellers should expect fewer buses, trains and light-rail services in Sydney as the state’s public transport authority deals with Covid-related staff shortages. Transport NSW says the reduced timetables will be in place for at least a few weeks.

Sydney Trains and NSW Trainlink intercity services will operate to a modified weekend timetable. If needed, additional trains will be provided during higher demand periods to support Covid-safe practices.

Most buses will run to a Saturday timetable, while the Sydney Metro will operate on its school holiday timetable. L2 Randwick and L3 Kingsford Line light-rail services will stick to a Sunday frequency, and replacement buses will continue to run on the L1 Dulwich Hill line. At the moment ferries remain unaffected.

Transport for NSW’s chief operating officer, Howard Collins, says almost 1000 transport workers are in isolation after testing positive to Covid-19 or becoming close contacts, and these measures will allow services to keep running.

He told the ABC that the pandemic has also drastically affected patronage on the network, with traveller numbers down about 70 per cent compared to pre-Covid times.

See Trip Planner for further timetable details.