Sydney’s rail network is slashing services to avoid running ‘ghost trains’ as hundreds of staff are affected by COVID and passengers are staying away in droves.
From January 10, all weekday services will operate on a weekend timetable, with extra trips only during peak hours.
Train trips are down by 17 per cent compared to last year.
There will be an exception to the reduced train timetable with extra services set to run on January 5 and 6 for the expected surge of cricket fans for the Sydney Ashes Test.
There are 250 railway staff members off work, infected with COVID-19.