Look at the image above. That’s the opposite of how Sydney’s train stations looked yesterday.
Sydney’s train system hasn’t been great for a very long time, but if yesterday’s pandemonium is anything to go by, people are pretty much done with the whole thing – and took to Twitter to let us all know about it.
This was in Gordon, where buses were called in to replace cancelled services. https://twitter.com/EvilxMidget/status/950614402377572352
Meanwhile, plenty of folks were calling on the NSW Transport Minister, Andrew Constance, to resign.
Hey @AndrewConstance I hope you're stepping down from your job as transport minister, the state of #sydneytrains is appalling. Delays EVERY DAY, terrible timetable, non air conditioned trains on 40 degree days, enough is enough.— Igor J (@igzzz84) January 8, 2018
Mate @AndrewConstance do the honorable thing and resign— Minimum Viable Choc (@noreasonspec) January 9, 2018
Some were, understandably, calling on Opal to issue refunds to customers for all the delays. https://twitter.com/jamesroyclay/status/950620207386525696
Channel 9’s NSW political reporter, Chris O’Keefe, confirmed that there would be no refunds for affected customers. https://twitter.com/cokeefe9/status/950876574865178625
People were stranded on platforms for hours with little updates on progress. https://twitter.com/_chloealyce/status/950646797155708928
As someone who dislikes crowds, just looking at these images makes me nervous. https://twitter.com/bonniehuang01/status/950625588686995456
Even the train crew’s had had enough. https://twitter.com/HappySinger/status/950660023876706305
Finger’s crossed that everything holds up better today, but it’s clear there are some pretty serious long-term problems that need to be taken care of, as noted by these particularly damning tweets from someone claming to be the brother of a Sydney train driver.
2/ My brother is a Sydney Trains driver, so this is first-hand knowledge. Sydney Trains have been severely understaffed for over a year. Not enough new drivers and train crew have been trained during this period as a cost-saving measure by the current government and middle mgt.— Marina (@HappyNacho73) January 9, 2018
3/ Due to these severe staff shortages, all Standby and Swinger drivers and crew are working to cover sick staff and those on holidays/leave. These Standby and Swinger crew are essential to keep trains going for a number of reasons: drivers/crew being either sick or late to start— Marina (@HappyNacho73) January 9, 2018
What a bloody nightmare. Did you have trouble getting home last night?