LIVE: Monday's Train Strike Suspended, Reduced Services Continue

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Monday, January 29


Sunday, January 28

12:45pm: Transport NSW have advised commuters some train services will cease from 9pm tonight in preparation for the timetable to return to normal hours tomorrow morning. 

A limited amount of Bus services will compensate to get commuters home this weekend, however Transport NSW are advising not to travel unless you have to after 9pm.

For all the information, check out the Transport NSW website


Saturday, January 27 

9:55am: Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) officials believe the pay dispute will come to end by next week, with the next offer put forward to 200 union delegates the best they were going to get, according to the ABC. 

It has also been revealed the offer won't be sent to worker via text after the debacle last week. 

Here is an update of how Sydney trains are currently running today.













Friday, January 26


8.30am: Transport NSW are warning commuters that while industrial action has been suspended, it may take some time for services to return to full capacity.


"Be prepared for ongoing disruption as the train network returns back to normal operations over coming days. You should allow extra travel time and consider alternative transport options."


Check out our tips on getting around the city this Australia Day.


Thursday, January 25


4.45pm: Transport management have told Triple M 104.9 that train services across the weekend will look as follows:


The reduced train services continue today in Sydney, statewide & interstate.


Friday, January 26:


All trains will run to a weekend schedule. 


The T5 Cumberland line is cancelled with a shuttle service running between Blacktown & Richmond. (Cancelled Fri, Sat and Sun).


The T6 Carlingford line is cancelled and buses will replace trains between Clyde & Carlingford. (Cancelled Fri, Sat and Sun).


Saturday and Sunday, January 27 and 28:


The weekend will run to a weekend schedule (includes the T5 & T6 cancellations as above)


Monday, January 29:


Strike cancelled, all trains should be running.


1.55pm: All industrial action, including the ban on overtime, is to be suspended for six weeks. The order comes into operation at 6pm Thursday evening.  




1.30: Reports Monday's strike has been suspended.
















12.18pm: Commuters have been warned that the worst is yet to come with rail platform closure warnings in place for this afternoon.




"This afternoon, we are worried about what is going to happen at Central, Town Hall and Wynyard," Transport for NSW Transport Co-ordinator Marg Prendergast said.




"What we envisage is that it will be very, very crowded and there will be times when we have to close the station - or the platforms at least.




"We're working with police and Sydney trains will be there to manage those crowds, keeping people moving and keeping people safe is our objective in light of a reduced service."








11.45am: Sydney Trains have said that the train network will begin to shut down from 7pm on Sunday for Monday's strike.








It has been confirmed that more train services than expected ran this morning because a number of workers turned up defying the union ban.
















9.45am:  Negotiations with the government and the Rail, Tram and Bus Union will continue at 11am today. The union says it hopes for some resolution today before Monday's planned network shutdown.




Meanwhile, a hearing will continue at the Fair Work Commission this morning after legal action was launched last night by the state government to stop Monday's 24-hour strike. 




The state government is arguing it will have a huge impact on the economy and endanger people's lives.






















































































Sydney's transport has been pushed to breaking point as about 1300 train services have been cancelled across the network.


The planned industrial action, which kicked in at midnight on Thursday, has resulted in almost half of the standard 2900 weekday services cut to run at weekend schedules.


Commuters are facing significant delays and overcrowded platforms, with some stations bypassed altogether due to trains already at capacity.


The ban on overtime will extend through the weekend until Monday January 29, when no trains will run across Sydney.


We'll be keeping you updated across the weekend.


Thursday 25 January


  • All train services will run to a reduced service.
  • Early morning and late evening T5 Cumberland Line services will extend to Richmond.
  • Intercity services will run to a Saturday timetable.
  • A number of NSW TrainLink Regional services will be replaced by coach.






If you're unsure of how your commute will be affected, you can plan your trip on Transport NSW.