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Commuters have taken to social media to voice frustration over an SA Government decision they say has led to breaches of social distancing on public transport, with photos showing rail passengers packed into carriages.
Photos posted on social media in the last few days show passengers on peak-hour services on Adelaide Metro trains in clear breach of social distancing requirements prompted by coronavirus.
It comes one week after the South Australian Government took 50 of the network's 70 diesel trains out of operation due to a mechanical fault.
Regular commuter Corey Wolf, who posted a photo taken during his journey along the Gawler line on Tuesday, said he was concerned for the safety of himself and other passengers.
"It was packed, it was pre-COVID shoulder to shoulder, full-carriage packed. It was a bit of a shock to be honest," he told ABC Radio Adelaide this morning.
"It was really uncomfortable."
Mr Wolf said it was a "strange sensation" being so close to other people and that he would "definitely not" catch the train until he was sure it was safe to do so.
"I heard a few people talking, as you do, saying how it was ridiculous and it just seems so contrary to everything else that we've been told and everything else we've been encouraged to do," he said.
"I won't be hopping on a train until that's changed … I've got a dad who's quite sick and I don't want him to get COVID."
Another commuter took to social media to voice her frustration.
"Adelaide Metro doing less trains and carriages due to COVID-19 was by far the stupidest decision," she wrote.
Others tweeted that the State Government was forcing people to take "huge health risks" by not boosting capacity, and that "Adelaide Metro will single-handedly be responsible for the second wave of COVID-19".
"Ruby Princess crisis just waiting to happen again," another wrote.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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