Sydney Trains issued with please explain over network meltdown


Transport NSW tweeted on Wednesday morning: "MAJOR DELAYS ACROSS THE NETWORK due to staff availability & earlier incidents".

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This is what greeted commuters during peak hour in Sydney yesterday.

On Wednesday morning some trains from Hornsby to Central, Central to Epping, Central to Gordon and Macarthur to Central were cancelled before 8am due to a lack of available staff.

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Major disruptions plagued the network last night, particularly on the T1 North Shore, Northern and Western line, the T2 Inner West and Leppington, The T3 Bankstown and the T8 Airport and South lines - and at least 18 services were cancelled on Monday.

The head of Sydney trains says the new timetable will be reviewed, a day after the network went into meltdown and thousands of frustrated passengers were left stranded on platforms across the city.

"They've had to go out, we've have had to pull trains out of mothballs, there's no spare trains in the system and there's no spare drivers and guards so of course it's going to be a problem when people get exhausted, rushed and worn out".

Some might suggest that such a profound under-delivery of the service might warrant a refund as something of an apology for making it so it took people four hours to get home, but NSW transport minister Andrew Constance would not be among those people.

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The new timetable introduced at the end of November has been blamed for limiting the ability of Sydney Trains to react to problems.

Briefings prepared in the lead-up to the new timetable reportedly warned of "reduced fleet maintenance windows" and an "increased demand on maintenance as [a result of the] fleet doing more kilometres".

He said the Berejiklian government needed to fix the transport chaos before spending $2.5 billion rebuilding two stadiums. "Her priorities are wrong", he said in a statement.

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union accusing the government of trying to squeeze too much out of the network.

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The prime minister has also taken notice of the role of provincial lawmakers for letting the situation come to its present stage. Meanwhile, Zehri's spokesperson Jan Achakzai claimed that the prime minister had not advised him to resign, the report added.

About 70 train drivers called in sick Tuesday with Sydney Trains CEO Howard Collins telling reporters the drivers have proper illnesses.