New driverless train BREIN DOWN four days after Sydney Metro Northwest was opened – causing passengers to be stranded
A new driverless train broke down just four days after the opening of Sydney & # 39; s Metro Northwest.
Commuters were left after the service between Cherrybrook and Epping was interrupted on Wednesday.
Sydney Metro blamed the delays on & # 39; mechanical problems & # 39; and urged commuters to allow additional travel time.
& # 39; Metro services run less frequently between Epping and Tallawong due to a previous train with mechanical problems between Cherrybrook and Epping &, they said on Twitter.
A new driverless train broke down just four days after the opening of Sydney & # 39; s Metro Northwest
The metro opened on Sundays, but commuters were quickly disappointed by the service.
Nearly 140,000 people made the most of the free journey by driving the new line between Rouse Hill and Chatswood, with 42,000 passengers traveling in the first three hours.
A train broke down, coaches were crowded and passengers were panicked when they were warned that doors could be opened halfway through the journey.
The teething problems caused massive complaints from angry commuters online and aroused fear how it would perform during peak hours.
The complaints continued during Wednesday's delays, with many slamming the frequency of service that was considered a fast alternative.
& # 39; A 27-minute delay on the brand new service. Unacceptable, & a person wrote while waiting for a train at Tallawong station.
& # 39;So far the so-called & # 39; rise and departure & # 39; service schedule. Waiting more than twenty minutes for the new #SydneyMetro, & # 39; wrote another commuter.
Another said: & # 39; Not offensive, but the Sydney metro is quite a bastard & # 39 ;.
Commuters were left after the service between Cherrybrook and Epping was interrupted on Wednesday
The Wednesday incident comes after the transport service has been tested at peak hour on Monday.
Trains generally ran smoothly along the new line on Monday morning, although a train exceeded the station at Cherrybrook station at 8.30 a.m.
On the morning peak between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.
While Mr. Constance said that the trains ran on average between the five and six minute intervals during the morning rush hour, some commuters said they only arrived every ten minutes.
A Transport spokesperson for NSW said the Metro did well on the first full weekday.
& # 39; All in all, Metro services were on schedule, customers adjusted well and sentiment was overwhelmingly positive & # 39 ;, the spokeswoman said in a statement.
& # 39; Metro platforms were emptied quickly, changing on Chatswood went smoothly and the rest of the integrated network including surrounding roads and the Sydney Trains services functioned normally. & # 39;
More than 20,000 people worked on the $ 7.3 billion project for eight years. Work is now underway to shift the line from Chatswood to Bankstown.
Later another metro project will connect the larger Parramatta with the CBD.
More to come
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