Transport Minister admits rail network is ‘bursting at the seams’
The NSW Transport Minister admits Sydney’s rail network is “bursting at the seams” after commuters faced significant delays this morning.
Wet weather and staff sick days are being blamed after more than 100 services were cancelled our delayed.
112 employees called in sick, about 40 more than expected, with the union claiming the new timetable doesn’t allow for bad weather or staff shortages.
Opposition leader Luke Foley has promised if Labor takes power, train passengers delayed by more than half an hour will have their Opal fares refunded.
Speaking with Ben Fordham, Minister Andrew Constance categorically ruled out matching the offer.
“No, because it’s stupid. Quite frankly he can’t do it. You can’t measure a passenger that taps on at Central and then work out where they’re going.
“Nice gimmick mate but the reality is we have an extra hundred million people catching the trains in the last five years, up 30 per cent.
“I want to applaud our staff for trying to deliver a train network which is obviously bursting at the seams.”
Ben questioned why, with the Liberals in government for seven years now, our public transport network has been allowed to get this congested.
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