Public Transport Will Be A Nightmare This Week
Brace yourself, Sydney. the holiday hush period is coming to an end.
Sydneysiders are being warned to expect a longer than usual morning commute due to train and light rail track work.
Andrew Constance, the minister for Transport, has issued a warning about the delays.
"We're doing this work in the quietest period to minimise disruption in heavier commute times, but it's all essential," he said.
Passengers may be required to swap between buses, trains and the light rail, so it's best to plan ahead.
"Commuters returning to work should plan their journeys ahead of time."
Light rail passengers in the city and inner west will have to adjust their travel times this week.
Buses will replacing all light rail services between Dulwich Hill and Central between now and January 15.
Parts of the track will re-open between Convention and Dulwich Hill, but replacement buses will still operating between Central and The Star until January 29.
As for train passengers, track work near Hornsby will affect north shore commuters heavily.
The North Shore Line between Berowra and Gordon will be closed in both directions, meaning passengers will need to swap to a bus between these stops to complete their journey.
The track work may also affect services between Gordon and the city with some running to a changed timetable.
Track work is also being done on the Northern Line, affecting stations between Epping and Hornsby.
Commuters will still be able to travel between Hornsby and the city via Strathfield in both directions during peak hour, but buses will replace trains at all other times.
It's likely to have flow on effects throughout the week, with changes to the timetable for trains between Epping and the city via Macquarie University.
Everything should return to normal next week when no track work will be conducted during the day.
Some track work will continue at night in the later part of January but it will not affect the majority of commuters.