TheNSW government’s summer holiday train timetable has caught a number of Illawarra commuters by surprise.
Since December 24 the trains have been running on what is described on the Transport NSW website as a “Saturday timetable with extra peak services”.
This timetable will be in place until January 2 when the regular timetable will be reintroduced.
Commuters were not aware of the timetable change and were caught out when they tried to catch trains to work on Monday.
One commuter arrived at their station at the usual time, only to wait an extra 20 minutes.
Another was late to work after finding their usual train wasn’t running.
A Transport for NSW spokesman said that changing the timetable around this time of the year was a regular occurrence.
“Traditionally Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink have fewer customers travelling between the Christmas and New Year holidays – around half of normal weekday patronage,” he said.
“The timetable changes over this period to cater for demand.”
At weekends, an off-peak rate applies for fares but, the spokesman said that, as a traditional Saturday timetable was not running – a number of peak hour services have been added – regular fares apply on weekdays.
Transport changes would also occur on New Year’s Eve with thousands of extra train and bus services running all day on December 31 to cater for New Year’s Eve events.
“Public transport is the best way to get around on New Year’s Eve,” the spokesman said.
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