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Rail commuters should expect delays with industrial action on Tuesday

TRAINS will run at reduced frequency between Wollongong and Waterfall on Tuesday, December 7 as the Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) continues the battle for a pay increase for its members.

The union is calling for a 3.5 per cent pay increase, while the government is offering 0.3 per cent in the first year of a new deal, and 2.5 per cent thereafter.

RTBU NSW secretary Alex Claassens said its members have been forced into a position where they have to take protected industrial action.

Sydney Trains Chief Executive, Matt Longland, says this is a disappointing outcome for commuters after more than six months of negotiations with unions.

Commuters who need to use the rail network are encouraged to plan their journey before they travel. Services will run to a reduced frequency on most lines, make additional station stops and take longer to reach their destination.

South Coast Line trains will run at reduced frequency between Wollongong and Waterfall only. Buses will replace trains between Wollongong and Kiama and Wollongong and Port Kembla.

There is no change to services on the Hunter and Southern Highlands Lines or between Kiama and Nowra.

On the Intercity network, services will run to a weekend timetable on the Blue Mountains and Central Coast & Newcastle Lines.

A heavily reduced service will operate on the T1 North Shore & Western, T2 Inner West & Leppington, T3 Bankstown (Liverpool to Circular Quay via Bankstown), T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra, T7 Olympic Park and the T8 Airport & South Line.

There will be no service on the T5 Cumberland Line. Customers will be able to change trains at Granville. Buses will replace trains between Lidcombe and Bankstown on the T3 Bankstown Line.

Public transport customers should visit transportnsw.info for the latest information and to consider alterative transport options.

Road users can visit livetraffic.com or call 132 701 for the latest traffic updates.


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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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