There are two reasons why catching the train on a weekend is often a pain – railway operators use it as an opportunity to replace and upgrade infrastructure while minimising the disruption to passengers, and when the trains do run, you have to wait longer at the station because fewer services are timetabled.
Last month our northern neighbours at the Sydney Morning Herald ran a piece about maintenance work delaying attendees of a weekend fun run:
City2Surf weekend trackwork: Gladys Berejiklian defends decision
August 2, 2013
Buses will replace trains on parts of the Bankstown, Inner West and South lines next weekend, when about 85,000 registered participants are expected to travel into central Sydney for the world’s biggest fun run on Sunday.
Passengers on the affected lines have been urged to plan ahead and allow for more travel time, but Ms Berejiklian played down the likely disruption.
“Around 3 per cent of customers heading to the City2Surf by public transport may be impacted by track work and can catch replacement buses to the event.”
Sydney Trains’ director operations Tony Eid said next week’s work would upgrade the power supply systems in preparation for the increased number of Waratah trains on the network.
“For those impacted by trackwork, buses will depart every 10 minutes from 4.30am on the Bankstown Line and then every five mins from Punchbowl to Marrickville from 5.30am. Buses will operate every 10-15 minutes after 3.30am on the South Line. On the Inner West Line, extra frequent buses will operate between Lidcombe and Liverpool via Regents Park.”
Meanwhile back home in Melbourne, anyone trying to catch a Sunday morning train into the CBD will be greeted with the following:
Don’t you love it – Melbourne’s railway infrastructure is in much poorer condition than Sydney due to the lack of regular upgrade work, yet we still can’t go anywhere by train on a Sunday before 8am because the timetable says so!
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