The first impacts of industrial action on Sydney’s train network, including a strike planned for Monday, have been felt by commuters this morning.
Approximately 1,300 train services have been cut across the network today as the transport union begins to roll out overtime bans as part of a pay dispute between the NSW government and transport union.
It comes after just 362 of the Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU)’s more than 6,000 members voted to accept the offer and stop strike action.
While some people have experienced trains with less carriages and others overcrowded carriages, some have said it has been “eerily” quiet as many people opt to work from home or take the day off.
Here’s what Sydney commuters are saying about it on Twitter this morning.
Standing at a packed Woy Woy Station waiting for one of 6 peak services and its packed #sydneytrains
— Diane (@dibee1971) January 24, 2018
7.21 express to Central.,Not many empty seats. Air con working, so that’s a plus. Going to be an interesting day for commuters. #SydneyTrains
— ms.lesley (@mslesley_) January 24, 2018
— Mark Fuller (@mildo23) January 24, 2018
— biglenslittlelens (@biglenlittlelen) January 24, 2018
— Vinnie Gorham (@VinnieGorham) January 24, 2018
— Nicholas Eggleston (@neggleston) January 24, 2018
— Renée D. ✨ (@SuperReneyyy) January 24, 2018
— jack begbie (@jackbegbie) January 24, 2018
— LisaJJ (@lisa_j82) January 24, 2018
Carriages on overtime ban too. Early train down from central coast was only 4 carriages. Standing room from Woy Woy. Why? #SydneyTrains
— Nathan Dowd (@NathanJDowd) January 24, 2018
— Sean Berry (@SeanberryNews) January 24, 2018