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New South Wales Transport Minister Andrew Constance issues a please explain to Sydney Trains after yesterday's network meltdown, admitting the past 48 hours have been "disappointing".
Mr Constance has issued a please explain to Sydney Trains bureaucrats about why the system has been "a mess" for the past 48 hours.
Sweaty commuters in the Harbour City have vented their frustration about the issue on social media, complaining of widespread delays and overcrowded carriages.
Travellers were also turned away from certain platforms at Central and Wynyard due to significant overcrowding.
"It's an act of God when you have three lightning strikes take out substations, train routes and signalling," Mr Constance said.
"Coupled with the fact that we've had to put more trains and more services on to cater for Sydney's growth, I'm not shying away from apologising for what happened in the last 48 hours, but the train timetable has operated well for the past month and a half."
So far, a combination of a higher-than-expected number of drivers on sick leave, wild weather and an increase in patronage have been blamed for the delays.
Mr Constance said he had asked Sydney Trains bosses Howard Collins and Rodd Staples to report to him in the next fortnight on the delays.
There were significant delays on the network on Monday and Tuesday, and several minor delays on Wednesday morning.
The NSW Government last month overhauled the timetable, adding an extra 1,500 services per week.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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