Commuters advised to avoid trains for rest of the week due to damage and debris
9th March 2022

Sydneysiders have been advised to avoid travelling on trains for the rest of the week as staff undertake inspections across the city’s rail network.

Despite the rain easing across the city on Thursday, commuters are still being told not to travel on the network unless “absolutely necessary” as damage and debris continues to affect rail lines.

Sydney Trains said flooding, landslip and trees on tracks have been the main contributor to the delays.

“Severe weather conditions are currently affecting the network with significant disruptions and larger than normal service gaps,” the rail service advised in a statement.

“Impacts will continue through the rest of this week as we undertake detailed inspections to ensure the rail network remains safe for trains and customers. You may also have to change trains to complete your journey.”

Along with cancellations and delays, some trains will also travel at a reduced speed due to flooding.

“While delays and cancellations cannot be avoided at this time, every effort is being made to provide you with safe alternatives,” Sydney Trains advised.

“Crews are working around the clock to assess the damage and clear debris quickly.”

On Facebook, Sydney Trains said crews were now taking advantage of the break in the weather to begin repairs.

On the T1 North Shore line, buses are replacing trains between Hornsby and Berowra in both directions.

Meanwhile, trains are not running between Schofield and Richmond on the T5 line and no direct trains are running between Leppington and Richmond due to flooding on the tracks.

On the T7 line, buses are replacing trains between Lidcombe and Olympic Park due to flooding.

On Wednesday, the rail network descended into chaos as winds of up to 110km/h were recorded across Sydney.

In some cases, train information boards simply went black due to the pressure of multiple cancellations on the network.

NSW Transport Minister David Elliott told 2GB on Wednesday train crews needed time to clear and repair any damage to the network. He warned of “extreme” delays and widespread cancellations.

Mr Elliott later said in a statement that, if people did need to use the network, “please plan ahead and leave plenty of extra travel time”, adding that some information on transport apps and station information screens might not be up to date.

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