Peak hour train commuters have watched their destination platform fly by as the number of trains skipping designated stops reached more than 700 instances.
From June 2015 to January 2016 there were 711 cases of peak hour trains failing to stop at a designated station across the Sydney Trains network.
The privately operated and most expensive Airport line had 147 instances of peak hour trains skipping their station. The airport line includes Green Square Train Station which will soon become the most densely populated area in NSW.
The Northern Line via Macquarie Park and the South line were also amongst the most unreliable train lines for peak hour commuters with 140 and 135 skipped stops occurring on each line.
The number of skipped stations hit an eight month high in January this year with 150 instances taking place across the Sydney Trains network. October was the second worst month for commuters with 113 skip stops taking place.
A peak hour service is defined as a train that arrives at Central Station between 6am to 10am of a morning or departs Central Station between 3pm and 7pm of a weekday.
A skip stop occurs when a train is sent down an alternative route or skips a scheduled stop while still on the same train line.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Transport Jodi McKay MP
"Peak hour commuters shouldn’t have to watch their platforms whiz by on their way to and from work.
“The Baird Government must make sure that when a train is meant to stop at a station it actually stops.
“Commuters using the Airport Line to avoid the traffic mayhem nearby are those most likely to have their train fail to stop where it’s supposed to.
“The Government needs to ensure the Airport Line is reliable for the boom in population at Green Square.
“If you want people to use public transport the service needs to be reliable. Watching your train fly by the platform is far from anyone’s idea of reliable.”