Expect delays, industrial action will impact Illawarra train services today

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SIGNIFICANT delays are expected on train services throughout the Illawarra today (Friday July 1 2022), due to ongoing industrial action.

Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink Intercity services will run to a reduced timetable and some services will be cancelled. 

Customers travelling across the Illawarra, Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Newcastle are encouraged to delay all non-essential travel on regional trains. Customers should consider alternative travel options and plan your journey, allowing extra time with delays, cancellations, and a significantly reduced timetable in operation on Friday. There is no change to services on the Hunter and Southern Highlands lines.

Impacted Lines:

  • Reduced services will operate on the T1 North Shore & Western, T2 Inner West and Leppington, T3 Bankstown, T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra, T8 Airport & South, and the T9 Northern Line. 
  • There will be no train services operating on the T5 Cumberland Line between Richmond and Leppington. Customers can change at Granville to complete their journey. 
  • A weekend frequency will operate on the Blue Mountains and Central Coast & Newcastle lines.

Buses will replace trains on the following lines:

  • T3 Bankstown line between Lidcombe and Bankstown
  • T7 Olympic Park Line between Olympic Park and Lidcombe
  • T8 Airport & South Line between Campbelltown and Macarthur
  • South Coast Line between Wollongong and Kiama and Wollongong and Port Kembla. 

Travelling to the Airport:

The impact of limited train services coupled with the start of school holidays means the Sydney Airport stations and the roads will be busier than usual. Anyone travelling to the Airport stations is urged to not travel by train. 

Road travel:

To help with traffic flow on the roads, Transport for NSW will open all transit lanes to all motorists on Friday 1 July. This means if you travel in a T2 or T3 lane you will not be fined.  

Check travel alerts for the latest information and plan your trip to check alternative transport options.

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About Mick Roberts

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 Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is 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 managed several community newspapers. He has been 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), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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