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Commuters have been warned that journeys across Sydney will take up to 20 minutes longer due to a 10-day shutdown of the rail line across the Harbour Bridge.
Trains will stop traversing the bridge – a key part of the city's rail network – from early on New Year's Day as work starts on a $100 million project to replace a wooden deck dating to the 1930s with large concrete slabs and sleepers.
The bridge's wooden deck will be replaced over the next two years as part of a $100 million project.CREDIT:BROOK MITCHELL
Buses will replace trains on the T1 North Shore and Western line, operating at high frequency on four routes between North Sydney and central Sydney.
The closure of the bridge to trains will have a ripple effect across the rail network, as all suburban lines except the T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra line will operate at reduced frequency on weekdays, which will be similar to a weekend timetable.
Sydney Trains acting chief executive Suzanne Holden said the major maintenance work was a "big job right in the heart of our network", noting that 450 trains a day typically crossed the bridge.
"The bridge works are absolutely critical. This gives us an opportunity over the 10 days to re-deck 550 metres of the bridge and extend the life of the bridge for 120 years," she said.
The wooden rail deck on the Sydney Harbour Bridge dates to the 1930s.CREDIT:FAIRFAX PHOTOGRAPHIC
The work during the 10-day shutdown will complete about half of the bridge project. The rest will be carried out over the next two years during standard weekend closures for rail maintenance, which typically average six a year on lines.
The installation of large pre-cut slabs of concrete will make rail journeys across the bridge quieter by reducing the rattling of trains.
Transport officials have chosen early January for the work because significantly fewer people travel on the rail network during the summer holiday period.
Transport for NSW acting deputy secretary Howard Collins said he expected journeys to take an extra 15 to 20 minutes during the 10-day period, and he urged people to plan their trips.
Transport for NSW acting deputy secretary Howard Collins is again urging commuters to wear masks on public transport.CREDIT:RHETT WYMAN
"If you do not need to come into the CBD, for whatever reason for those 10 days, please if you can work from home, stay away from the rail network," he said.
Patronage across public transport has more than halved during this Christmas period compared with the same time last year. "We're down over 50 per cent on most routes, whether that's rail, bus, light rail – and certainly ferries is even greater than that," Mr Collins said.
Patronage usually drops by about 20 per cent during the Christmas period.
Mr Collins urged employers to encourage staff to work from home during the first weeks of January, especially those whose regular commutes would be affected by the work on the bridge.
"One of my messages is: please, wear a mask. It really is important, and we notice more people started to wear masks but still not enough on public transport," he said.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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