Commuters in Sydney are feeling frustrated after an urgent issue has led to delays on a handful of train lines — just days after the city’s entire network went down due to a communication error.
An urgent wiring issue in Panania, in Sydney’s west, has led to delays and changed stops at train lines such as the Bankstown and Macarthur lines.
The issue first occured on Friday afternoon, with no estimated time frame on when it will be resolved.
Pictured are commuters waiting patiently for a delayed train to leave the platform at Central Station in Sydney on Wednesday. Picture: Richard Dobson
A Sydney trains spokesperon told news.com.au: “Customers are advised that services on the T8 Airport & South line have been suspended between Kingsgrove and Glenfield as repairs continue on the overhead wires at Panania.
“Emergency repair works commenced last night, including the removal of the affected train. Teams are currently working on the reconstruction of the overhead wiring.
“Buses continue to replace trains in both directions between Kingsgrove and Glenfield on the T8 Airport & South Line.
“Passengers are advised to allow plenty of extra travel time or consider using alternative transport.”
T8 Airport & South Line trains is still running between the city and Kinsgrove in both directions, while trains heading too the city from Macarthur and Campbelltown will now terminate at Liverpool.
The issue first occured yesterday, with a train pictured stuck between stations
“Customers may need to change at Liverpool to complete their journey,” the spokesperson said.
“Sydney Trains apologises for the inconvenience and thanks our customers for their patience.”
One frustrated commuter said they have been left stuck on the train for more than half an hour.
“The most unreliable train system, stuck on a train for more than half an hour now with no movement,’ the social media user said.
“Going to be late for my appointment despite me taking 2 earlier trains to account for any delays. DO BETTER.”
The issue is ongoing
Another said: “Sydney Trains failing to meet the bare minimum of service. Just a reminder: We vote this month.”
It comes after thousands of evening commuters were stranded at train stations for hours on Wednesday night after a network-wide shutdown during peak hour.
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The shut down started after Transport was advised the Digital Train Radio System (DTRS), which connects the train crew with the signaller and the rail operations centre, had failed at 2.45pm on Wednesday.
The outage lasted just over an hour but Sydney Trains staff were left scrambling into the early hours of the morning to get scheduled trips back up and running.
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