Rail industry news (Australia, New Zealand)

NSW Transport tackling wild weather

Sydney Trains Chief Executive Matt Longland said crews continue to manage the impacts of localised flooding and land slip risks across the rail network, causing impacts to rail service delivery.

“The South Coast line between Waterfall and Bomaderry is closed due to damage along the line. Buses are replacing trains in both directions between Waterfall to Bomaderry, inclusive of Wollongong to Port Kembla,” Longland said.

Transport for NSW has advised that services north of Kiama will resume on Tuesday, on a weekend timetable.

Other major impacts include:

  • Infrastructure crews remain at an incident affecting one City-bound line in Westmead. Some diversions will be in place to facilitate the remediation works. A reduced train service will operate between Merrylands and Canley Vale in that direction only on the T2 Inner West & Leppington and T5 Cumberland Lines until rectified.
  • Some speed restrictions remain in place across the network. Notably, the Central Coast/Newcastle line from Berowra to Gosford, on the T1 North Shore line from Chatswood to Hornsby and on the T4 Illawarra line from Arncliffe to Waterfall.

“The safety of our people and passengers is always our first priority and our engineers and work crews are mobilised across the rail network to assess and repair the damage,” he said.

“Please check service status prior to traveling and avoid unnecessary travel.

“Thank you for working with us during this challenging time and please continue to show our frontline workers understanding and patience.”

Drivers and passengers are being urged by Transport NSW to spend some time planning their return to work and school journeys this week, or consider working from home, with major impacts still being experienced across the state’s road and public transport network following this weekend’s severe weather event.

Transport for NSW Acting Coordinator-General Grant Knoetze said drivers need to take extreme care on the roads and avoid all non-essential travel in affected areas, with the impact of heavy rain and flooding likely to be felt across the coming days.

“Motorists across Sydney and surrounding regions also need to exercise caution as some road surfaces may have deteriorated and have potholes. Council and Transport crews will work as quickly as possible to repair the damage,” he said.

“Please check livetraffic.com for the most up-to-date information on road closures before heading out, follow the directions of our traffic crews, reduce speed, and never drive into floodwaters.

“Public transport services will also run to altered timetables as recovery from the rain event continues and passengers need to check the Trip Planner or transport apps, consider an alternative transport mode if your usual route is impacted and allow plenty of extra travel time.”