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It all kicks off today. The key objective? Plan ahead.
On Wednesday afternoon union members announced their 'yes' vote to industrial action,which consists of an entree of an overtime ban on Thursday followed by the big one — a 24-hour strike on Monday with no trains running in NSW at all.
But let's start with today. Commuters should expect less frequent services as intercity train services will be based on a Saturday timetable.
If travelling on regional services, be aware that a number of NSW TrainLink services will be replaced by buses.
If you are needing to get to the airport, be sure to allow more travel time as those services will not be exempt from disruption.
For those catching early morning and late evening T5 Cumberland Line services, trains will travel onto Richmond.
The key piece of advice from the NSW Transport Minister is to avoid peak periods if possible.
"Travel early, travel late," Andrew Constance said.
Coordinator general at Transport for NSW, Marg Prendergast, said authorities were well aware this will would be difficult for commuters.
"We really need Sydney to listen and to change their behaviour for Thursday," she said.
"We need employers to be flexible, we need employees to have a conversation with their bosses.
"Work at home if possible, work closer to home, if you can, take leave."
Buses on standby to deal with crowdingNSW Transport is in the process of setting up additional parking at key locations for people who have to drive so they can park and either walk or catch a bus to work.
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Details will be provided when finalised.
There will be 500 buses on stand-by today to deal with overcrowding at train stations. They will be stationed at strategic locations for Sydney Trains to call if needed.
If you can, jump on a bus, ferry or light rail service as they will continue to run as normal, but don't bank on a seat as it will be busy.
Also be warned that some bus services may be cancelled at late notice so they can be used on other key routes that are under pressure.
The City of Sydney is encouraging commuters to "Bike the Strike" and dust off their two wheels to ride to work.
To help, Sydney Cycleways are running a free tune-up session at Prince Alfred Park today at 4:30pm.
Bicycle sharing company Ofo will also be deploying more bikes at train stations and other key commuter areas and extending free rides.
And finally for those now considering a four-day long weekend commencing today — who can blame you?
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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