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M4 crash: Sydney commuters warned to expect major delays

Two multi-vehicle crashes choked one of Sydney’s busiest highways on Tuesday morning – with tens of thousands of residents affected.

The impacts – traveling east at Blacktown and west at Merrylands – brought traffic to a halt just before rush hour, with major delays expected.

Crews are asking people to avoid the main road near Sydney’s western suburbs or they will face massive delays.

Traffic chaos across Sydney after two multi-vehicle crashes on the M4 and an oversized lorry collided with the Lane Cove Tunnel

Traffic chaos across Sydney after two multi-vehicle crashes on the M4 and an oversized lorry collided with the Lane Cove Tunnel

The accidents are exacerbated by train drivers who are launching four days of industrial action this week as they demand better working conditions.

On Tuesday morning, a lorry and car accident near Burnett Street in Merrylands brought the M4 to a halt.

The crew is cleaning up the vehicles, but people are told to take extra time or avoid the area.

Earlier on Tuesday, another multi-vehicle accident occurred near Reservoir Road in Blacktown, affecting eastbound traffic.

The cars have been moved to the hard shoulder, but traffic is moving extremely slowly.

Earlier on Tuesday, another multi-vehicle accident occurred near Reservoir Road in Blacktown, affecting eastbound traffic.

Earlier on Tuesday, another multi-vehicle accident occurred near Reservoir Road in Blacktown, affecting eastbound traffic.

In the north of Sydney, there is further traffic chaos after an oversized vehicle plowed into the Lane Cove Tunnel, hindering a major route into the city from the north.

Footage from the tunnel shows cars stretching hundreds of meters across the highway, with the oversized vehicle only being cleared during rush hour.

Traffic remains extremely slow in the area and commuters are advised to seek alternative routes.

Emergency works on the Picton Road between Sydney and Wollongong are also causing serious delays eastbound.

Tuesday morning a lorry and car crash near Burnett Street in Merrylands brought the M4 to a halt

Tuesday morning a lorry and car crash near Burnett Street in Merrylands brought the M4 to a halt

Train drivers will start to limit trains to a maximum of 60 km/h for four days on Tuesday.

Hundreds of workers from 80 hospitals are also expected to participate in a mass rally in central Sydney on Tuesday afternoon.

Transport for NSW says commuters can expect significant disruption to train services as delays and cancellations increase throughout the week.

NSW train drivers will slow down and refuse to use foreign-built trains as part of four days of industrial action this week

NSW train drivers will slow down and refuse to use foreign-built trains as part of four days of industrial action this week

Suburban trains are expected to run on an amended timetable, with regular services cut in half during peak periods

Suburban trains are expected to run on an amended timetable, with regular services cut in half during peak periods

Suburban trains are expected to run on an amended timetable, with regular services cut in half during rush hour.

Where possible, alternative travel arrangements are made.

Nurses will walk away from their jobs for several hours in defiance of the Industrial Relations Commission.

Shaye Candish, acting general secretary of the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association, says the meeting comes after pleas to expand the workforce to deal with extreme workloads fell on deaf ears.

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union action will escalate until Friday, when train drivers refuse to operate trains built abroad, reducing fleet capacity to just 30 percent

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union action will escalate until Friday, when train drivers refuse to operate trains built abroad, reducing fleet capacity to just 30 percent

“There is widespread dissatisfaction among our members at the NSW government’s refusal to even consider a safe staff ratio,” she said.

“The government continues to ignore the pleas of highly trained clinical professionals who remain deeply concerned about the delivery of safe patient care now and in the future,” she said.

Nurses want a nurse-patient ratio of one in four on hospital wards and an obstetric-patient ratio of one in three.

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union action will escalate until Friday when drivers refuse to operate trains built abroad, reducing fleet capacity to just 30 percent.

The move is prompted by safety concerns over new trains built in Korea, which the union says should be modified to keep passengers safe.

On Thursday, public and Catholic teachers will go on strike for 24 hours over pay, with unions saying teachers are grappling with unsustainable workloads and a growing staff shortage.

Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet said unions that organize illegal strikes should face heavy fines.

The government wants to impose fines of up to $55,000 for the first day of illegal union action and $27,500 for each subsequent day.

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