Sydney’s transport network in chaos with strike action planned for Wednesday

Significant delays are expected on Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink Intercity services. Trains will run to a reduced timetable and some services will be cancelled.

On Wednesday 20 October:

Due to planned industrial action, trains will run to a reduced frequency throughout the day from first service until last service on the Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink network. Overnight/early morning services will also be affected.

Trains will run every 30 minutes on some Sydney Trains suburban lines, and services will be stopping at all stations so customers should expect longer journey times.

Buses will replace trains on the T3 Bankstown Line between Bankstown and Lidcombe. T3 Bankstown Line services between Liverpool and the City will continue to run, however at reduced frequency.

Buses will be added to assist trains between Macarthur and Campbelltown.

NSW TrainLink Intercity trains will run to a weekend timetable and buses will be added to assist trains between Wollongong and Thirroul. Buses will replace trains between Port Kembla and Wollongong.


Customers should consider:

Driving where possible or catching taxis and rideshare. Traffic may be heavier than usual on major roads so allow extra travel time. You can check real-time traffic conditions on before travelling.

Walking and cycling for shorter trips

Using alternative transport modes including regular buses, ferries or light rail services. Customers are reminded that COVIDSafe service capacities are in effect and services will be busier than usual.

Sydney Metro North West trains will run to normal timetable however customers should allow plenty of extra travel time for connections to Sydney Trains services at Epping and Chatswood.

Driving to a nearby station commuter car park to have better connection with alternative transport services.


T3 Bankstown Line between Lidcombe and Bankstown. Trains between Liverpool and the City will continue to run at a reduced frequency

T8 Airport & South Line between Macarthur and Campbelltown

South Coast Line between Port Kembla and Wollongong and between Wollongong and Thirroul

T1 Western Line/T5 Richmond Line – Buses will run between Schofields and Tallawong to help customers connect with Sydney Metro services.

Please be aware that these replacement buses are limited. Fares will not be charged on train replacement buses.

Bus marshals and Transport for NSW staff will be out on the ground at key stations and transport hubs to assist customers.

Sydney Train and NSW TrainLink continue to negotiate with the union in good faith and are focused on meeting with employees and reaching an agreement.

Source: Transport for NSW