Commuters in Sydney who suffered financially on Friday as a direct result of huge delays and chaos on the city's rail network may be eligible for compensation.
A train on the north coast had to be mechanically repaired on Friday after the driver noticed an open train hatch in the town hall at around 5.30 a.m.
The traffic disruptions reached as far as the evening peak in which city workers were confronted with a chaotic train system and a fixed road network.
The delays were still felt Friday night, with Sydney Trains advising commuters to postpone non-essential journeys
Sydney Trains tweet: & # 39; Consider traveling home earlier / later or postponing non-essential journeys & # 39;
Passengers were stopped in the town hall after 5 p.m. when staff closed ticket barriers with long lines that formed while commuters waited their turn to enter the station.
Video recorded on Central Station and posted on Twitter around 4:30 PM showed a platform full of people trying to beat rush hour.
Sydney Collins CEO Howard Collins said the hatch that caused the chaos was very close to 1500 volts DC and could have caused days of damage if it wasn't checked.
& # 39; It could have brought down all the wiring in the city … we could have gotten stuck over the Harbor Bridge, & # 39; he said to reporters.
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
Commuters continued to languish on trains or stand in line for buses for hours while officials worked to repair the outage. Some were even told that they should try to walk over the Harbor Bridge instead of waiting.
Before the evening peak, Sydney Trains warned that the services in the network were still recovering and would not run on time.
Sydney Trains on Friday evening opened a window for possible compensation.
& # 39; Customers who have experienced significant financial problems, such as a missed flight, as a direct result of service delays this morning, may be eligible to claim for compensation & # 39 ;, said spokeswoman Friday evening in a statement.
& # 39; Any claims are assessed case by case. & # 39;
Car traffic in and out of the CBD of Sydney was blocked after 5 p.m.
Hundreds of frustrated commuters went quickly to social media to vent their experiences
Collins apologized for the major delays, but believed his team had made the right decision to stop the train.
The cause of the opening of the hatch is being investigated, but early signs indicate wind or a tree branch hitting the train.
To repair the hatch, the power to the line had to be turned off – requiring workers to be sent through tunnels to turn on isolation switches.
Collins revealed that those switches were mounted in the 1920s or 30s and & # 39; almost Frankenstein in their appearance & # 39; goods.
& # 39; It is a failure of the way our system is built that one train can stop the entire network, & # 39; he said.
A Twitter message revealed how an unimpressed traveler chose to avoid the waiting chaos
In another hilarious Twitter meme, passengers are still standing in the station surrounded by candles waiting for trains in 2033
Up to 250,000 commuters were caught up in the major delays, with many hours spent stranded in stationary trains in Sydney.
The delays were still felt Friday night, with Sydney Trains advising commuters to postpone non-essential journeys.
& # 39; Consider traveling home earlier / later or postponing non-essential travel, & # 39; tweeted Sydney Trains.
Hundreds of frustrated commuters went quickly to social media to vent their experiences.
A Twitter message revealed how an unimpressed traveler chose to avoid the waiting chaos.
& # 39; My brother-in-law has just sent me this photo & # 39; s read the twitter post.
Shown: an image on Twitter reflected how a comic user saw how a train error could completely derail the network
& # 39; The first is the line to get to the platform for the airport line at Central. The second photo is his decision after he chose not to be in those lines. & # 39;
In another hilarious Twitter meme, passengers are still standing in the station surrounded by candles waiting for trains in 2033.
Images uploaded to Reddit were filled with comments blaming politics and infrastructure issues, while commuters were surprised at how a train fault could completely derail the network.
& # 39; Buildings that fall, public transport to the limit, roads that get stuck during the day, universities turn into visa processing plants.
& # 39; How is neoliberal growth and not a regulatory economic policy in Sydney? & # 39 ;, Said a poster.
Someone added: & I think we should be honest. Yes, hilariously, our train network was fucked in a tense hat because a train was out of service, but it was a good run between the last time a leaf hit the tracks and the city stopped. & # 39;
Others shared their travel experiences.
& # 39; I just saw a train running in the wrong direction 23! Thought I was on the wrong platform lol absolute chaos, & a driver said.
Another wrote: & # 39; it took me forty hours to get from Wolli Creek to Milsons Point (usually 30 minutes) and had to take two trains and the ferry! & # 39;
& # 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.
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