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The first big test for the Epping to Chatswood rail shutdown strained Sydney passenger patience, as long queues formed at major train stations.
Overall, the pink “Station Link” buses were frequent but pinch points at North Ryde and Epping shocked people trying to get to work after the long weekend.
Buses replaced trains on Sunday between Epping and Chatswood, with the NSW Government working to finish the North West Metro from Rouse Hill.
The closure of the Epping to Chatswood rail line faced its first big test today as commuters were redirected to replacement buses. (AAP)
The underground rail line needs to be transformed into a metro line, and platforms will be upgraded.
There were plenty of staff in pink shirts directing people to their buses, and Optus had representatives on hand to get people from Epping to their headquarters in Macquarie Park by bus.
Sydney traffic played havoc with some of the services, as the buses negotiated intersections near Macquarie University.
Staff in pink shirts directed frustrated commuters to 'Station Link' buses. (AAP)While most passengers felt the direct buses were fairly painless, the major gripe was around confusion for more complicated trips.
“It was bloody awful,” one passenger told 9NEWS.
“I got to the end of this really long queue (at Epping), and I said to the lady, 'I want to go to Macquarie shopping centre', and she said 'you need to go to the other side of the road'.”
The line will be closed for seven months as the North West Metro underground line is constructed. (AAP)The line will be shut for seven months, with a further test on October 15 when school holidays conclude
Another issue was crowds at Chatswood, with passengers trying to get to Macquarie Park from the Eastern Suburbs. Most passengers didn’t realise there was a direct bus service from St Leonards.
While most passengers felt the extended trip was painless, the major gripe was with the confusion caused by more complicated trips. (AAP)Transport Minister Andrew Constance insisted the morning peak ran well, but he has a watching brief on the entire closure.
“People have responded well we thank them for that, but we have got seven months of this operation to go,” Mr Constance said
This article first appeared on www.9news.com.au
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