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Train travellers should plan ahead with scheduled industrial action expected to cause disruptions

NSW TrainLink customers and essential travellers are being urged to plan ahead as regional rail and Intercity services will be heavily impacted by planned industrial action tomorrow (Saturday September 25).

Services in the Illawarra will stop at all stations and terminate at Waterfall on the South Coast Line. However, passengers should expect a reduced frequency. Customers can plan their journey ahead by visiting transportnsw.info 

The Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) has also notified of planned industrial action which will disrupt the network again on Tuesday September 28. The industrial action has been put in place over a dispute between NSW Trains and the RTBU over an enterprise agreement.

Customers and our communities will be provided with updated service impacts early next week.

Chief Executive NSW Trains, Dale Merrick, said as a result of this action all regional rail services will be cancelled and delays of around one hour will be seen on all intercity lines, due to trains travelling no faster than 60km per hour. 

“We urge anyone who needs to use the network on Saturday to please plan ahead as your trip will be heavily impacted,” Mr Merrick said.

“We are working to minimise impacts to customers, including replacement coaches, but we do encourage customers to find alternative travel arrangements at this time.”

The following lines will be affected by these disruptions, including a reduced speed and frequency and cancellations;

  • South Coast Line
  • Blue Mountains Line
  • Bathurst services
  • Central Coast and Newcastle Line
  • Southern Highland Line
  • Hunter Line
  • All regional rail services

There will also be major service changes to all lines on the Sydney Trains network, with a reduced timetable in operation for the duration of the day. All services on the T5 Cumberland Line have been cancelled.

“NSW TrainLink is committed to negotiating an enterprise agreement tailored to our workforce’s specific needs and the needs of the customers and the communities we serve,” Mr Merrick said.

Sydney Trains advise passengers to continue to practise good COVID safe etiquette – wear a mask and sit or stand only on a green dot. If you feel unwell, stay home and get tested.


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