Following on from last week where Sydney’s Rail transport infrastructure was put under the spotlight with public outrage at the numerous timetable cancellations and delays, it looks as though that pattern is about to repeat itself.
Up to 40 services are set for cancellation this Monday according to Sydney Trains as well as the reopening of the Hornsby junction after upgrading. After last weeks debacle Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance has requested that Sydney Trains to report to him within a fortnight on how the network can better recover from major incidents with cumulative impacts like we’ve seen over the last few weeks.
With rail staff also voting for industrial action last week it looks as the the woes suffered by Sydney commuters are set to continue in the short to medium term. On Saturday 92 rail services where also cancelled due to “unexpected train crew changes”.
After the increase in services announced in December of more than 1,500 extra weekly services, including more than 750 on weekends, the rail network is under increased pressure. Sydney Trains yearly reports indicate that train crews (Drivers and guards) numbers have not substantially increased in the last four years.
With customer numbers forecast to increase by 21 per cent by 2021 work is currently underway on the driverless Sydney Northwest metro and Sydney Metro City which are expected to open in 2019 and 2024.