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Commuter chaos as technical issue causes major delays on Sydney trains
MASSIVE disruptions on Sydney’s beleaguered train system, caused by a technical failure Saturday left commuters, especially sport fans, very unhappy.

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MASSIVE disruptions on Sydney’s beleaguered train system, caused by a technical failure today, were expected to be fixed overnight with normal services resuming Sunday.
Commuters across the entire network were left angry and frustrated today after an IT upgrade was “slow to come back online” — the same day tens of thousands of sports spectators relied on public transport for Super Saturday.

Train delays at Central station today. Picture: Jack BreedSource:News Corp Australia

Commuters wait at Redfern station due to technical issues. Picture: Luke DrewSource:News Corp Australia
Sydney Trains acting chief executive Tony Eid apologised for the delays and assured passengers the train network would be ready to run “fresh” from tomorrow morning.
“The systems were a bit slow coming back on for Sydney Trains, leaving us exposed with no train location, no passenger information, no guard rostering or tracking capability and unfortunately the real-time apps to our customers were shut down,” he said.
Stations greatly affected by the “technical issues” include those on the City Circle, T4 and North Shore lines and Western Sydney.

Crowds of commuters stuck at Central railway station. Picture: Jack BreedSource:News Corp Australia

The information screens at most stations, including here are Ashfield, are blacked out. Picture: Ben McClellanSource:The Sunday Telegraph
Buses were deployed to stations including Campbelltown, Glenfield, Penrith, Olympic Park and Richmond.
Commuters took to social media today to vent their fury with some claiming to be stuck on trains for hours.
Passengers at Parramatta posted images of the indicator boards not working while others a Lidcombe reported trains were stranded because the driver “didn’t arrive”.
The dramas were compounded on Super Saturday as Sydney hosted big sporting events including Winx racing and winning at Royal Randwick and the Bledisloe Cup at ANZ Stadium tonight.

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Sydney Swans fans were also left stranded at Strathfield Station this afternoon, missing the start of the match against the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Spotless Stadium.
Commuters expressed their frustration over the train delays and lack of communication.
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Ben Watts, 35, told The Sunday Telegraph he experienced huge delays as he headed in from Mascot to Sydney Olympic Park to go to the Bledisloe Cup.
“Communication has not been good. My friend has also been given the run around, going to and fro between stations and buses to get to the game,” he said.
Cynthia Tanujaya, 24, said at one stage her train had not moved for at least 30 minutes.
“There has been minimal to no communication, nobody has any idea what is going on,” she said.
Today’s disruptions followed another problem on Friday night when passengers evacuated trains at Wynyard, forcing them to walk along the tracks in the City Circle tunnel.
Sydney Trains said an overhead power supply fault between Central and Town Hall was to blame.
 

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Inside the train chaos and how a balloon shut parts of the system down
By Ben Grubb
18 August 2018 — 10:14pm
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A balloon is being partially blamed for contributing to Sydney's transport chaos as the Transport Minister sought to explain what exactly unfolded on Friday night and Saturday that led to passengers being stuck on trains between stations and major delays across the network.



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Train passengers have had to endure a frustrating day as almost the entire network was crippled by a technical issue.

In a statement to the Herald late on Saturday evening as delays continued, NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance apologised for the chaos, saying "the unsatisfactory performance of the rail network over the past 24 hours is unacceptable. I apologise to our customers".
He said problems began when a metallic balloon got caught between wires on Friday night.
NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance has apologised for the problems.
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"It is my understanding [that on Friday] evening a metallic balloon found its way into a tunnel and caused an overhead electricity wire to short," Mr Constance said. "This led to a major incident in which Sydney Trains had to disembark passengers in a tunnel.
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"This was coupled with a software failure at Transport for NSW that led to the rebooting of the entire IT network. There were elements of the system that failed to reboot properly, resulting in a major impact for trains customers throughout Saturday."
A metallic balloon similar to the shiny ones in this picture was responsible for some of the issues on the rail network.
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The "urgent" wiring repairs, conducted at Wynyard station, led to trains being suspended in both directions between Wynyard and Central earlier on Saturday morning.
Most train services were running on or close to time on Sunday morning, with limited exceptions for planned trackwork.
Seven News reported passengers had to evacuate their train at Wynyard and walk through the tunnel on Friday night.

Mr Constance said he was advised that the IT system was "regularly updated" and usually without a major problem.

"I have now requested the agency provide a list of measures to mitigate against a repeat of what we saw [on Saturday]," he said.
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"I expect to see this advice quickly given the unacceptable inconvenience caused."

The minister said the state government was "transforming" the railway network from "one in the dark ages" to a "modern 21st century network".
It comes after the Herald reported in May that confidential documents revealed that Sydney Trains was suffering almost two serious IT incidents a day following a bungled $425 million technology overhaul by the state’s main transport agency, placing the rail network at greater risk.
Passengers said they were sent back and forth between platforms at Central.
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This has led to the rail operator’s management being so concerned about Transport for NSW’s ability to deliver IT services that it commissioned consultants at a cost of $396,000 to carry out an independent review to find gaps and recommend fixes.
The minister told the Herald on Saturday that the upgrades had not been undertaken without some difficulties.

"This transformation is not easy, but given the growth in passengers trips from 300 million per annum to 400 million within a 7 year period we are having to make major investments," he said.
Travellers wait for trains at Strathfield station on Saturday afternoon.
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He asked Sydneysiders for their patience and reminded them to not abuse front line staff when there were incidents on the network outside of their control.
"It’s important to respect them for the great work they do," Mr Constance said.
The minister has been away from the city and working in Bega this weekend, where bushfires have been raging in his own electorate. Despite this, the minister said he had been in regular contact with Secretary of Transport Rodd Staples, who he said was "coordinating the response to this matter".

Sydney's roads were heavily congested in the western suburbs on Saturday evening amid the chaos, which continued throughout the evening as multiple sporting events were underway in Sydney Olympic Park.
Traffic on Victoria Road in Drummoyne at 4.40pm on Saturday.
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It led one Sydney Trains staffer to vent his frustration to passengers of a lack of information from management. "You won't see our management, but they want you to be reassured by me making announcements to tell you that we have no further information," the driver said. "Thank you."
The delays affected the entire network, with a travel alert informing passengers that "technical issues" were impacting the T1 to T8 lines and intercity services to Bathurst, Lithgow and Newcastle.
Travellers trying to avoid the train chaos by using ride-sharing services were also hit, with surge pricing being experienced in the vicinity of train stations in parts of the city on Saturday afternoon.


Passengers branded the situation a "massive system failure", a "meltdown" and an "utter shambles".
 

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Sydney Trains CEO Howard Collins earned $695,000 in 2016-17 financial year

For the same period....SMRT CEO basic salary was $830,955, while variable performance pay was $1,040,759, making a total of $1,871,714.

So Sydney trains can breakdown 3 times more often.
 

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Not comparing apples with apples.

Sinkie Minister of Transport earns many times what Aussie Minister of Transport earns.

Also, CEO of subway will not take home variable “performance” bonus if the subway breaks down as often as the Sinkie MRT. A free press and an educated and more importantly not kiasi electorate will see to that.

Cars are cheap in Oz and most people own one. In Sinkieland, cars are price OUT OF THIS WORLD and the justification is that the public transport system is efficient ....... BUT IT IS NOT ........ so dumbass Sinkies paid OUT OF THIS WORLD car taxes and get back nothing in return! Serves them right for being so dumbass. Karma is working just fine.
 

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Sydney rail shake-up forces more commuters to switch trains at Central
By Matt O'Sullivan
20 August 2018 — 12:01am
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Thousands of Sydney rail passengers will be forced to switch trains at the already overcrowded Central Station during peak hours after the closure of the Epping-to-Chatswood line next month.
Internal government documents, obtained by the Herald, show more peak-hour trains running from and to Hornsby in Sydney's north will terminate and start at Central Station.
Thousands of passengers will be forced to change trains at Central.
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It means that during the morning peak a greater number of passengers will be forced to get off to catch other services to central-city stations such as Town Hall and Wynyard.
The documents reveal one of the challenges for rail staff will be managing extra crowds at Central – especially in the Olympic Tunnel at the northern end – due to more people switching services.
The Epping-to-Chatswood line will be closed on September 30 for seven months to convert it to carry metro trains, forcing up to 20,000 commuters a day to catch replacement buses or drive to get to destinations such as Macquarie Park or Macquarie University.
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Apart from those having to catch buses, the leaked documents show commuters catching trains from stations on the T1 Northern line between Cheltenham and Normanhurst to Sydney's CBD will experience some of the biggest changes from the shake-up.
While many will have similar or faster journey times due to more limited-stop trains on the TI Northern line via Strathfield, the commute will be longer for others because they will have to switch trains at Central during peak periods to get to or from Town Hall and Wynyard.
The plans for more trains to terminate at Central will place greater pressure on Australia's busiest train station, which has experienced a surge in passengers in the past year.
Commuters using the station will also begin to face disruption as construction of a $955 million east-west concourse and underground platforms for a new metro line ramps up. The projects have reduced the number of train platforms in use at Central by three.
Transport authorities have decided to terminate some trains at Central during peak periods because the limited-stop trains on the T1 Northern line via Strathfield need to run on different tracks to the existing services that continue on lines through the CBD.

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The internal documents also show more passengers will interchange train services at stations such as Strathfield and Hornsby following the network reshuffle. More trains will terminate at Hornsby.
Sydney Trains will introduce a new version of the rail timetable on September 30 to take into account the closure of the Epping-to-Chatswood line. The shutdown will affect the crewing of trains across the network and the length of periods when maintenance can be carried out.
Under the changes, extra trains will run on the T1 North Shore line between the CBD and stations north of Chatswood. Those trains running to and from the Central Coast and Newcastle will continue to run on the North Shore line to the central city.
The documents, marked “commercial in confidence”, also detail plans for the integration into the rail network of the $8.3 billion Sydney Metro North West line when it opens in the second quarter of next year.

It will result in more trains running on the existing North Shore line every hour, and “frequency and stopping pattern changes to many lines”.
Transport for NSW acknowledged in a statement there would be disruptions from the network adjustments needed to accommodate the closure of the Epping-to-Chatswood line.
“We’ll ensure that customers receive plenty of information in advance,” it said.
“In addition, hundreds of staff will be out in force to keep everyone moving safely, and ensure customers get used to the changes.”
The agency said new stairs were being built at Central Station to provide access to the Olympic Tunnel during construction of the metro line, and helping to improve passenger flow.


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Sydney light rail delay examined in NSW parliamentary inquiry
By Danuta Kozaki
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IMAGEGeorge Street in Sydney's CBD is closed off to traffic.(AAP: Dan Himbrechts)
A NSW parliamentary inquiry into the impact of the CBD and South East Light Rail project has heard there are no direct contracts between the builders of the light rail, Acciona, and the State Government.
Hearings have been held in Sydney today, looking into the impact on businesses and residents, including whether the State Government's response has been adequate.
Transport for NSW's deputy secretary of infrastructure and services Stephen Troughton confirmed there was a one-year delay to the project, with March 2020 as the completion date.
One of the committee members, Labor's Courtney Houssos successfully argued the inquiry's terms of reference did include the issue of delays.
She said while the financial impact was important, the reasons behind the delays were fundamental.
"This inquiry needs to get to the bottom of why the project has been so delayed in order to work out why there has been such a significant impact on residents and businesses," Ms Houssos said.
'Small' design aspects still in the works
Mr Broughton revealed not all the design and scope negotiations have been completed.
"A majority of the design has been completed. We are experiencing still one or two small bits of design," he said.
"We are doing bespoke bits of design for some of those. There are also some designs we are having to redo," he said, adding that he hoped there were no more scope changes.
"Things always come up. Unfortunately we still have to dig holes in the ground.
"The scope of the project has been clear for some time but we still get unknown issues such as heritage items. We might find a pipe in the wrong place," he said.
No direct contract between state and rail builder
Mr Troughton said the delays were being looked at.
"Altrac's [the consortium charged with building the light rail project] advice at the moment is that the current completion date of the project is March, 2020. We are trying to work with them to try and bring that forward to a completion date around December, 2018," he said.
"There is nothing official at the moment, we are just working together in negotiations and discussions about how we might work together to bring earlier an completion date."
He also said the State Government did not have a direct contract with the actual builder of the light rail, Acciona.
"The relationship is with Altrac, which is a public private partnership. Transport is not directly in contract with Acciona, or Alston, who are doing the systems and providing the vehicles, or Transdev, who are operating the system," Mr Troughton said.
Greens MP David Shoebridge said the contracts negotiated over the Sydney Light Rail project had let the people of NSW down.
"There is no pressure that you can bring under the liquidated damages clause, no pressure, after 15 days it is just free delay to them because you have capped out damages at $7.5 million. That was a deliberate design structure because you handed all that responsibility over to a third party"
Mr Shoebridge labelled the contract incompetent.
Businesses paid $9m in financial assistance
Transport for NSW's coordinator general Margaret Prendergast said more than 80 per cent of businesses and residents who applied for financial assistance were successful.
"To date, 88 businesses have been paid $9 million in financial assistance since last August. Eighty-one per cent of those that applied have been successful," she said.
She said the vacancy rates for businesses along the routes were about 7 per cent, which was similar to pre-construction figures.
Ms Prendergast said the noisy, disruptive part of the works would finish in January or February next year.
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Anger as more delays follow horror weekend on Sydney trains
By Jenny Noyes
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"Another day, another delay" was the cry of angry commuters who have taken to social media tonight to vent yet again after being confronted by delays, cancellations, blank screens, full trains and crowded platforms on their Monday commute home.
According to Sydney Trains tweets, a "communication issue" on T2 (Inner West and Leppington Line), T3 (Bankstown Line) and T8 (Airport and South Line) was causing "delays to some services".


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@Luke_FoleyNSW another day another delay #sydneytrains information system down again... #Auburn so crowded as usual because Western Line trains are timetabled to skip the station (Platform 1&2 under used)
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A lack of information or announcements was adding further to the frustration.
One woman stuck at Strathfield Station said the system was "stuffed AGAIN."
"Can’t move. I want to go home. Signage down, no announcements," she tweeted.
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Another woman tweeted "train after train after train so full at Redfern there is no possible way to get on."
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#sydneytrains #trains #sydneytrains Train after train after train so full at Redfern there is no possible way to get on. Suck in now folks so the door can close. You are totally awesome Sydney Trains :said no person EVER!
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The anger was palpable after a weekend of transport woes that saw much of the system crippled for most of Saturday, well into the night.
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For almost the entirety of Saturday there were passengers stuck on trains between stations, major delays right across the network and travellers being told to simply catch the bus instead.
With four major sporting events on in Homebush on Saturday night, it was a recipe for chaos that spilled onto the city's roads as revellers abandoned the usual mode of travel.
Late on Saturday night, NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance apologised for the chaos, saying "the unsatisfactory performance of the rail network over the past 24 hours is unacceptable. I apologise to our customers".
He revealed the meltdown was caused in part by a balloon that became stuck in wiring.
"It is my understanding [that on Friday] evening a metallic balloon found its way into a tunnel and caused an overhead electricity wire to short," Mr Constance said. "This led to a major incident in which Sydney Trains had to disembark passengers in a tunnel."

That combined with a software failure at Transport for NSW "that led to the rebooting of the entire IT network" – which itself was unsuccessful.
Fairfax Media has contacted Transport for NSW for comment.

 

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Not comparing apples with apples.

Sinkie Minister of Transport earns many times what Aussie Minister of Transport earns.

Also, CEO of subway will not take home variable “performance” bonus if the subway breaks down as often as the Sinkie MRT. A free press and an educated and more importantly not kiasi electorate will see to that.

Cars are cheap in Oz and most people own one. In Sinkieland, cars are price OUT OF THIS WORLD and the justification is that the public transport system is efficient ....... BUT IT IS NOT ........ so dumbass Sinkies paid OUT OF THIS WORLD car taxes and get back nothing in return! Serves them right for being so dumbass. Karma is working just fine.
Yes the grass is greener on the other side,,,,cars and houses dollar for dollar is cheaper than in Singkieland,,but please note the running costs can be just as high as singkieland that is why public tpt is important in big cities. The parking costs and toll etc in sydney is much worse than singkieland,,and compare city to city,,in many aspects sydney quality of life is worse than singkieland. In sydney,,,can afford to own a car,,but if yr house have no parking lot etc,,,good luck to u,,,,not as easy as it sounds. My frens live in sydney and part of his job requires him to fly,,,His wife drops him of at the train station and takes nearly 2 hr train ride to airport. When he comes back,,,take 2 hr train ride to his train station and his wife picks him up from there. And because he alights at the airport,,the ticket is 20bucks,...I am just stating the facts,,,,
 

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Yes the grass is greener on the other side,,,,cars and houses dollar for dollar is cheaper than in Singkieland,,but please note the running costs can be just as high as singkieland that is why public tpt is important in big cities. The parking costs and toll etc in sydney is much worse than singkieland,,and compare city to city,,in many aspects sydney quality of life is worse than singkieland. In sydney,,,can afford to own a car,,but if yr house have no parking lot etc,,,good luck to u,,,,not as easy as it sounds. My frens live in sydney and part of his job requires him to fly,,,His wife drops him of at the train station and takes nearly 2 hr train ride to airport. When he comes back,,,take 2 hr train ride to his train station and his wife picks him up from there. And because he alights at the airport,,the ticket is 20bucks,...I am just stating the facts,,,,

Oh and the taxi fare to airport is nearly 150 bucks,,,and ,,,the air ticket return from sydney to melbourne is less than a 100 on special. Even not special price,,,air ticket cheaper than taxi ride,,,,so as i said,,the grass is greener on the other side
 

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Oh and the taxi fare to airport is nearly 150 bucks,,,and ,,,the air ticket return from sydney to melbourne is less than a 100 on special. Even not special price,,,air ticket cheaper than taxi ride,,,,so as i said,,the grass is greener on the other side
Hey, your friend a Sinkie living in Sydney?
 

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Singkieland public tpt,,better than sydney,,,,PAP PAP PAP

Singapore's public transport system among best in the world: McKinsey report
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SINGAPORE: Singapore has one of the best and most affordable public transport systems compared with 24 major cities around the world, according to a June report by consulting firm McKinsey.
The report - Elements of success: Urban transportation systems of 24 global cities, assessed the transport systems of 24 cities using more 80 indicators over five main dimensions: Availability, affordability, efficiency, convenience and sustainability.

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Some of the indicators include the percentage of the population living or working within 1km of a train station, the cost of a monthly public transport ticket, as a percentage of average income and the average transport waiting time.
The report covered all modes of transport - personal, public, shared, cycling, and walking.

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Singapore clinched the top spot for public transport affordability, and also scored well in transport efficiency and safety.

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"Singapore has created a best-in-class public transport system, which is accessible,
efficient, convenient, sustainable, and at the same time affordable," the report said.
The report noted that a major step toward affordability was made in 2013, when the fares were reviewed and new measures were introduced, including a 15 per cent discount on adult fares for low-wage workers, free travel for children and seven other concessions.
As a result, more than one million public transport passengers benefited from the new schemes, McKinsey said.
The city also scored a high rating for sustainability, with one of the "safest and most ecologically sustainable" public transport systems, according to the report.
The report also said the convenience and flexibility of the Singaporean ticketing system, using the EZ-Link card, was another "outstanding" feature.

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HIGH SATISFACTION AMONG SINGAPORE RESIDENTS
In each city included in the report, 400 residents were surveyed on how satisfied they were with the mobility options available to them as well as their sense of whether the system they used was changing for the better.
Of those surveyed in Singapore, more than 80 per cent said they were satisfied with the overall public transport situation. This was higher than the 71 per cent that was satisfied with the overall situation in private transport.
The McKinsey report stated that Singapore residents were the most satisfied on many of the aspects analysed, as compared to residents globally.
Electronic services, such as trip planners, and their evolution were among the transport features that residents surveyed said they enjoyed the most.
However, the survey respondents were concerned with the affordability of private transport, which the report noted was a result of Singapore's deliberate car limiting policy.
HONG KONG, SEOUL AND BEIJING ALSO RANKED HIGHLY
Based on the report, four out of the top 10 cities for public transport were in Asia - aside from Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul and Beijing also made it onto the list.
McKinsey said that Hong Kong has one of the best public transport coverage in the world, with 75 per cent of the population and 94 per cent of workplaces being within 1km of a metro station.
Notably, the city scored points for its "advanced" ticketing system, the Octopus chip card, which can be used not only to pay for transport and non-transport services, but is also used for non-payment purposes, such as access control for office buildings.
It also had the highest ranking for public transport safety, with lower rates of public transit fatalities per one million people as compared to other cities.
Seoul was ranked second among all of the cities for its public transport efficiency, with its progress driven by the optimisation of bus routes and construction of exclusive median bus lanes that increased bus speeds by an average of 30 per cent, according to the report.
The development of an intelligent bus management system also played a crucial role in optimising bus headway and staying on schedule, making bus services more reliable, the report found.
Beijing ranked among the top 10 across all five dimensions, coming in 10th - ahead of Singapore's 12th - in terms of its rail infrastructure.

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Sydney Trains CEO Howard Collins earned $695,000 in 2016-17 financial year

For the same period....SMRT CEO basic salary was $830,955, while variable performance pay was $1,040,759, making a total of $1,871,714.

So Sydney trains can breakdown 3 times more often.
if you want it to happen more often, u can send in cow white and the 7 talibans to exorcise the trains
 

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More than 60 businesses have joined a class action seeking around $40 million in compensation over disruption caused by Sydney's light rail project.
It is three years after construction started on the light rail network and parts of the CBD still remain closed to traffic.
The business owners say the mismanagement of the project has resulted in the loss of their jobs, homes and hope, adding their families have been "devastated forever".
The ABC has been told the claim served today in the New South Wales Supreme Court is about the unnecessary nuisance and misleading conduct of the State Government.
The group's lawyer, Rick Mitry, said he found the despair among the affected owners "disturbing".
"I can't help to think that these people need psychiatric help," he said.​
"Their businesses were destroyed, they were destroyed … their confidence was destroyed."
Mr Mitry said businesses were told construction in one zone of the project would only last six to nine months, not years.
Some businesses are now claiming $4 million in losses.
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Mr Mitry said it was about proving that the impacts of construction are not always certain.
"The Government has a obligation to be wary of acts and omissions that are not inevitable … that are avoidable and cause damage," he said.
"Some of the shopping centres looked like ghost towns."
'Sad it's got to this': Constance
Small Business Party leader Angela Vithoulkas, who owned a George Street cafe which just closed, said the class action was about justice.
"Making sure the State Government is held accountable for the disaster that has visited the small businesses and property owners along the light rail route," she said.
"We have tried for years to communicate with the NSW Government and Transport of NSW about how much pain we have suffered."​
Ms Vithoulkas owned and operated the iconic Vivo Cafe for 30 years before closing the business last week, as they could no longer afford to pay rent.
Sophie Hunt, managing director of Hunt Leather in the Stand Arcade, said she was actually excited about the project initially.
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"But two and a half years of barricades out the front, intermittent drilling, staff with migraines, bleeding noses and asthma attacks … how can you sell in that condition?" she said.
The rental assistance did not compensate for the loss in turnover, Ms Hunt said, and in most cases it was not a large sum.
She said the emotional toll had been crippling after being forced to sack staff, take on a second mortgage and endure sleepless nights.
"We've thrown everything we had at this and I'm just hoping I don't lose my house," Ms Hunt said.​
Transport Minister Andrew Constance said he had not seen what had been filed to the court, but said it was "sad it's got to this".
Despite the class action, he insisted his cheque book was still open to provide rental assistance for small businesses.
"I'd say to people please keep using us, please keep coming and getting financial support," Mr Constance said.
The Government has to date handed out $9 million in rental assistance to affected businesses.
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Passenger frustration as major Sydney rail line shuts down for seven months
OCTOBER 2, 2018 5:30PM
What is with all the light rails?

Benedict Brooknews.com.au
NSW transport bosses have admitted to “hiccups” this morning, the first test of the seven-month closure of one of Sydney’s busiest and most modern rail lines.
But they’ve said commuters themselves made a big mistake by ignoring advice and “overwhelming” one station in a bid to get on buses while leaving other rail replacement services almost empty.

The verdict from commuters on the Epping to Chatswood line is also in, and in many cases, it’s not pretty: “What a s**t show” said one.


“Be prepared for one of the biggest transport messes on the network,” said another on social media.

Queues for rail replacement services were a hundred strong at one point as tens of thousands of former double-decker train users squeezed onto single-decker buses.

One commuter, who had the doors of a rail replacement bus shut in her face, expressed her feelings in three simple words: “I hate it.”

Confused commuters ta Epping station this morning following the rail line’s closure. Picture: Dylan Robinson
Confused commuters ta Epping station this morning following the rail line’s closure. Picture: Dylan Robinson

Commuters wait in line at the new Station Link bus stop at Macquarie University station. = Picture: John Appleyard
Commuters wait in line at the new Station Link bus stop at Macquarie University station. = Picture: John Appleyard

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) has said the shutdown of a line not even a decade old is a “nightmare” and the city had been plunged into “commuter chaos for no good reason”.

But Transport Minister Andrew Constance urged commuters to grin and bear it. Mr Constance said he was hoping “carmageddon” wouldn’t ensue from the increased road congestion.

Transport for NSW said 114 buses moved 10,000 people this morning. The transport body said it was surprised by the thousands who got off trains at Chatswood and headed for buses - of which there simply weren’t enough. Yet at nearby St Leonards station legions of rail buses left for Epping nearly empty.

News.com.au joined the throng of peak-hour commuters and students on Tuesday.

The last train rolled out of the underground link on Saturday evening. But with the Labour Day holiday on Monday, today was the first real test of the new arrangements.

Unlike many passengers, Gaia, waiting at Epping, had done a test run.

“We used the buses yesterday and it was great. They were empty, it was like a taxi,” she said.

“But today, because of the traffic, everything’s changed,” said her companion Brad.

Huge queues for peak hour rail replacement buses in Epping. Picture: Dylan Robinson.
Huge queues for peak hour rail replacement buses in Epping. Picture: Dylan Robinson.

Staff do their best to get commuters to their destinations with no train operating. Picture: Dylan Robinson
Staff do their best to get commuters to their destinations with no train operating. Picture: Dylan Robinson

Seven months of this. Picture: Dylan Robinson
Seven months of this. Picture: Dylan Robinson

‘I HATE IT’

The government has its fingers crossed bad memories of buses will be banished by mid-2019 when the line becomes a key link in the new Sydney Metro Northwest.

This promises driverless trains every four minutes from Rouse Hill to Chatswood and then, sometime in the mid-2020s, direct to the CBD.

Brad wasn’t convinced though: “I understand it’s good for people in the Hills but it’s not good for us.”

Another commuter, Sarah, ran from to the bus stop only to see the packed vehicle pull away.

“They should have done more planning and put the right trains on the line in the first place rather than having to close it for seven months,” she said.

“I hate it. A trip that used to take 17 minutes now takes 39 minutes from Epping to Chatswood. I think it’s stupid, it’s not been well planned at all.”

The NSW government expensively persuaded former SBS newsreader Lee Lin Chin to don a pink hi-vis vest to spruik the transport changes. It also hired an army of helpers who were out in force this morning directing people to more than 100 buses on six routes to soak up commuters.

But there’s no way a bus can compete with an underground train for speed. Sydney Trains has scheduled buses to take around 20 minutes to cover the full trip.

However, the bus news.com.au boarded crawled through traffic clogged roads stretching the journey to more than 45 minutes.

One passenger lamented if it was bad now, what hope was there once kids headed back to school?

News.com.au witnessed no less than seven buses easily absorbing passengers at one end of the route. In contrast, at the other end delays of 20 minutes led to queues of hundreds of exasperated commuters.

Lee Lin Chin was not seen riding a bus this morning. Supplied
Lee Lin Chin was not seen riding a bus this morning. Supplied

The now closed Macquarie University station. Picture: John Appleyard
The now closed Macquarie University station. Picture: John Appleyard

A S**T SHOW

“Long, painful, exhausting and frustrating,” was how Siobhan Rebecca summed up her commute to news.com.au.

Working in Macquarie Park, Ms Rebecca’s lengthy journey started at 6.45am and already took more than an hour. Now it’s even longer.

“We were told that buses would be arriving every six minutes. I was there at 7:45 hoping to arrive by 8am. The bus did not arrive at Macquarie Park until 8:15 meaning I was 20 minutes late to work,” she said.

“There was plenty of space left on our bus but the stewards told everyone else to wait for the next bus.

“Day one of taking the Station Link buses and already trying to look for a new job closer to the city. What an absolute s**t show.

“The fact that we have to pay for this service is a total disgrace.”

Not every commuter had a nightmare. Those lucky enough to miss the yawning gaps between services found themselves efficiently dispatched by marshals to their destinations on buses so sparkling they still had that new car smell.

The buses weren’t all as empty as the one Transport Minister Andrew Constance rode on Sunday. Picture: AAP Image/Ben Rushton.
The buses weren’t all as empty as the one Transport Minister Andrew Constance rode on Sunday. Picture: AAP Image/Ben Rushton.

The Government is hoping the new Sydney Metro will all be worth it.
The Government is hoping the new Sydney Metro will all be worth it.

BIG SURPRISE FOR TRANSPORT BOSSES

RTBU NSW Secretary Alex Claassens said the closure was a “nightmare” but pleaded for commuters to not take the pain out on workers.

“The NSW Government is about to plunge the city into months of commuter chaos for no good reason,” Mr Claassens.

“It’s difficult when the government insists on regularly making ridiculous decision like this, but we’re just doing the best we can.”

TfNSW co-ordinator general, Marg Prendergast said the commute should get smoother.

“It’s been operating really well but their have been some first day hiccups,” Ms Prendergast said.

The biggest surprise was people heading from the city changing onto buses at Chatswood.

“Passengers overwhelmed Chatswood today while St Leonards sat empty. But St Leonards is the heavy lifter (in the peak) for us and where we have the most buses departing,” she said.

“It’s day one, we know people will try different things, they have to work out what’s best for them.”

Speaking to news.com.au on Monday, the minister urged people to plan their new trip and leave themselves some wiggle room.

In the end, the pain would all be would all be worth it, Mr Constance said.

“We are conscious some 20,000 commuters rely on the Epping to Chatswood rail link every day. Please bear with us — this is a seven month strategy to build a world class metro system to your community,” he said.

“I’m hopeful we will not have carmageddon but will urge people to be patient and leave themselves an extra 15 — 20 minutes.”

Commuter Lucy looked resigned in the queue at Epping when news.com.au talked to her at 8am.

“It’s really confusing and I have a job interview at Macquarie Park,” she said. “I just really hope I make it.”

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