A damaged train that needs urgent mechanical repairs, one of the busiest stations in Sydney, has been frustrated for hours by frustrated commuters.
The city's congested rail network was still in chaos on Friday afternoon, seven hours after a broken train at the town hall station caused a major collapse and partial closure of the T1 North Shore line during peak hours during the morning rush hour.
Up to 250,000 commuters were caught up in the major delays, with many hours spent stranded in stationary trains in Sydney.
Many commuters in Sydney were working late Friday morning. Shown is the town hall station during the morning peak hour, where the major delays were caused
The delays still felt Friday afternoon, with Sydney Trains advising commuters to postpone non-essential journeys.
Commuters should also expect a delay tonight on the way home.
& # 39; Consider traveling home earlier / later or postponing non-essential travel, & # 39; tweeted Sydney Trains.
Sydney Collins CEO Howard Collins has since revealed that the & # 39; Frankenstein & # 39; style electricity eliminates the tunnels under the town hall and had to be approached by engineers before repairs to the train could commence.
& # 39; We had to send men and women through tunnels, pull large switches, open and close, which takes hours … it's archaic, & # 39; Collins said The Daily Telegraph.
& # 39; They (the switches) are from … the 1920s and 1930s, they are isolation switches that were probably installed when we first electrified.
& # 39; They almost look like Frankenstein, they're doing great, but as far as I'm concerned, the future is for us … an external isolation switch where … services are interrupted for 15 minutes instead of three hours. & # 39 ;
Sydney Trains chief executive Howard Collins said that & # 39; Frankenstein & # 39; style electricity switches tunnels under the town hall were responsible for delays
Chatswood on the north coast saw huge delays
Hundreds of commuters went to social media to vent their frustrations.
& # 39; Just get me out of here! We're trapped in a train that hasn't been driving somewhere between Town Hall and Wynyard for 45 minutes, & tweeted a man at lunch.
The delays were not only limited to the CBD.
Long queues at stations, including Newtown for buses, while platforms from Chatswood to Rhodes were also full during the morning rush hour
Others demand compensation and reimbursement of tickets.
Earlier in the morning, commuters on the partially closed North Shore line were advised to take buses to North Sydney or travel via the northern line and switch to Epping.
Queues for buses at Wynyard ran across the road.
& # 39; No trains are currently running over the bridge, the Wynyard announcer suggested walking across the Harbor Bridge to North Sydney because the buses were too busy, & # 39; tweeted a man.
Canceled trains on the north coast of Sydney have caused chaos over the rail network
Services from the west of Sydney again shifted the City Circle line instead of traveling their usual route to the north coast.
& # 39; A separate hatch on top of a train is close to the overhead line in the town hall. To protect it safely, the power must be isolated from this part of the track. Our electrical crews are working to do this as quickly as possible, and repair teams will then secure the hatch safely, & tweet Sydney Trains shortly thereafter.
Services are closed on the north coast, leaving commuters stranded in Wynyard
This train required mechanical repairs in the town hall and caused chaos in the network
Commuters across the network are trapped in chaos.
& # 39; One train has a bit of breakdown and the entire city circle system is just turned off completely & # 39 ;, tweeted a commuter.
Another added: & # 39; Without exaggeration, there will not be a single week this year without cancellation or significant delays. & # 39;
The delays caused chaos for commuters traveling to the city. Pictured: Wynyard station
Long lines of commuters who traveled to the north coast walked into the street
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