Massive strike causes chaos for commuters

Commuters have been warned to expect major delays across multiple train lines this morning after a snap union strike sparked chaos for passengers.

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union called for workers to walk off the job overnight over safety concerns about the new intercity train fleet.

Trains started running again at 7am but with only limited services available.

The Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Newcastle and South Coast lines are all impacted, with commuters warned to expect ongoing delays.

Services on the Newcastle & Central Coast, Blue Mountains and South Coast lines may experience delays due to earlier industrial action. A reduced service is operating on these lines.

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A TransLink officer came and told commuters getting the only train for the morning at Glenbrook in the lower Blue Mountains to “expect chaos” this afternoon too.

‘Don't show up for your usual train thinking it will be running,” he warned.

“There will be chaos and lots of angry commuters

“Have a coffee, do some overtime, whatever you need to do but make sure you plan your life accordingly”

Unbelievable @TrainsInfo no trains to Newcastle, Blue Mountains, no replacement buses. It's a long walk, @Hertz here I come. @2GB873 @BenFordhamLive

Transport for NSW’s Pete Allaway said they are “perplexed” as to why the industrial action took place.

“I have to say Transport for NSW is incredibly disappointed at the unplanned industrial action taken by the RTB Union members,” he told 2GB’s Ben Fordham.

“We just want to be able to send a huge apology to our customers affected by those services today.

“Services are very slowly coming back online and I know that it’s quite frustrating to be waiting for a service that didn’t arrive.”

Mr Allaway said he was first made aware of the strike at about 2am, adding Transport NSW has since spoken to the union and a planned trial of the intercity train fleet has been put on hold pending further talks.

More to come.

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