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Worsening weekend gridlock on Sydney roads has sparked a surge in train use, prompting the NSW government to announce hundreds of new services to cope.
Transport minister Andrew Constance has announced that 750 new train services will be added from late this year in response to a 68 per cent spike in weekend train use between 2013-16.
The number of annual weekend passenger exits and entries at gated stations has risen from 48 million to 80 million in that time, while 14 million car trips are made each weekend across the city.
"Weekend growth is off the charts," Mr Constance said on Sunday.
"What's driven this is people opting to get out of traffic jams, onto our transport network. That has had a very real and profound effect."
Mr Constance said it was well known that "Saturday traffic in Sydney is often worse than weekday morning peak hours. Sundays are also hugely popular for travel, so we're boosting services to give people more options on the weekend".
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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