Sydney train passengers and motorists warned to expect delays

Staff calling in sick contributed to train delays and cancellations in Sydney. Source AAPMore

Thousands of workers were left stranded on crowded platforms on Monday morning after an "operational" issue.

Mr Collins said a major surge in passengers at Town Hall during peak periods - especially evenings - was partly due to a near doubling in people catching trains to and from fast-growing suburbs such as Mascot and the Green Square precinct in Sydney's inner south...

112 Sydney Trains workers called in sick, about 40 more than expected.

The government has refused to refund passengers on days where there is serious delays.

Mr Collins said it was "too early" to determine exactly which services would be affected in the afternoon.

"We're providing a regular service. not to the timetable. but we are closing the gaps between cancellations", the spokesman said. Buses are supplementing some trains.

Transport Minister Andrew Constance has defended rail staff who do a "phenomenal" job in the face of significant population growth.

'No trains running between Glenfield and Macarthur - replaced by buses #incompetence #sydneyTrains #T8, ' tweeted another. When will you get your s**t together #sydneytrains, ' one commuter tweeted.

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A number of services are also reportedly delayed.

"Sydney Trains need to work something out, whatever they're attempting at Town Hall for platform 1 and 2 is beyond a joke and is making the crowding so much worse than normal", commuter Jessica Spookles said.

More as we get it.

Alex Claassens from the Rail, Tram and Bus Union said the timetable was already under stress but is exacerbated when staff are on sick leave, Seven News reported.

He said if the party wins next year's state election, commuters would have a 28-day window to claim the refund for any delays caused by "avoidable" problems on the rail network.

In response to the Monday delays, Labor promised they would refund Opal fares amid travel delays - if elected.

Sydney's train passengers will get their Opal fares refunded if a NSW Labor Government is elected in March.


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