Baird Government averages three peak hour train cancellations per day
April 6, 2016
An average of three peak hour trains per day were cancelled across the Sydney Trains Network in the last eight months, leaving frustrated commuters stranded on the platform waiting for a train to and from work.
Figures obtained by the NSW Opposition under Government Information Public Access (GIPA) laws shows that in the eight months between June 2015 and January 2016 there were 679 peak hour trains cancelled – or an average of 2.7 trains per day.
Commuters on the Eastern Suburbs/Illawarra Line were the worst off with an average of one cancellation per day.
Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra commuters were forced to deal with 396 peak hour trains failing to roll up to the platform.
Commuters on the Western Line were also left stranded with 63 cancellations as were those commuting to and from work on the North Shore who had 52 trains cancelled. Train cancellations have been steadily increasing since 2013.
The 69 cancellations in October 2015 rapidly grew to reach a 31 month high of 185 cancellations in January this year.
Quotes Attributable to Shadow Minister for Transport Jodi McKay
“The Baird Government needs to explain to commuters why they’ve been left stranded at train stations waiting for trains that never turn up.
“Commuters trying to get to and from work have been abandoned by the Government and its poor management of Sydney’s trains.
“At the same time it inconveniences commuters with the chaotic Opal Card system, the Government fails to even deliver a train to the platform.
“Commuters have every right to demand a better level of service from the Government.”