A combination of bad weather and sick train drivers has caused countless delays across Sydney’s rail network today.
Sydney Trains has announced a slew of major delays on: T1 North Shore, Northern and Western Line; T2 Inner West and Leppington Line; T3 Bankstown Line; T6 Carlingford Line; T7 Olympic Park Line; and T8 Airport and South Line. Buses are being used to supplement some of the affected train services and have replaced services entirely between Lidcombe and Olympic Park.
While commuters are taking to social media to vent their frustrations, Sydney Trains has blamed the delays on staff shortages caused by a number of drivers calling in sick, with many still on on annual leave. Earlier today, the ABC reported between 65 and 70 train drivers were off work due to illness.
This morning’s extreme storms – 4600 lightning strikes hit the greater Sydney area between 3am and 6am – affected the Bankstown line and damaged equipment in Gordon this morning, though repairs have been made.
Trains are also running at a reduced frequency due to earlier incidents at Gordon, Sefton, Penrith and Yagoona, according to the Sydney Trains website.
A month ago the Sydney’s public transport network underwent a major overhaul to accommodate the city’s growing population, resulting in new timetables that are still causing chaos for some commuters.
Our advice? Leave early if you can, listen to announcements and check indicator boards, and keep an eye on the Sydney Trains website.