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There is peak-hour chaos across Sydney's rail network yet again after a train had to be stopped and repaired at Town Hall Station, leading to delays and cancellations which are set to continue until midday.
Large crowds queued just to get onto platforms at Sydney's main train stations, as the city's train network grappled with cascading delays from Friday morning's meltdown.
Sydney Trains Chief Executive Howard Collins said a loose hatch on a train that blocked a line at Town Hall was to blame for the problem.
A track circuit failure at Central Station was also delaying the network's recovery, Mr Collins said.
Many commuters expressed frustration at the delays and called for Friday's fares to be refunded.
In a tweet, Sydney Trains said it would assess requests for compensation "on a case-by-case basis".
It also warned commuters that trains were not running to timetable and could be making extra stops.
Commuters were advised to board the first train towards their destination, even if it meant changing trains later, due to changed stopping patterns.
Major disruptions continued into the night to services on the T1, T2, T3, T8 and T9 lines.
Earlier, Mr Collins urged commuters to leave for home sooner than they normally would.
"Just bear with us, but if you need to travel home tonight — if you've got an urgent appointment or you need to see your kids, look at some of the alternatives," he said.
"We're doing our best, but a big railway like this, with all the interconnections, may take some time."
Staff at Town Hall limited passengers' access to the platforms to avoid overcrowding, while those trying to enter Central Station were forced to queue in single-file lines.
At Wynyard, commuters struggled to board train carriages that were already full.
One commuter said a large crowd was waiting at Erskineville station for half an hour before staff thought to advise them that no trains were stopping there.
Another passenger, Sammii, said during her trip from Mascot to Macarthur she was crammed into a rail carriage after waiting for a train that was delayed for 45 minutes.
She said there was poor communication, and Sydney Trains should compensate commuters by providing a day of free travel.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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