37 drivers called in sick and Sydney's transport system fell over


Sydney’s transport system fell over this morning, leaving thousands of passengers stranded in wet weather.

There were major delays across the city, including a 8km queue along the City West Link just before 8am.

A motorbike accident exacerbated the issue.

Transport officials have blamed wet weather and staff calling in sick for major delays on five Sydney train lines.

The ABC reports that 37 train drivers did not turn up for work this morning, resulting in the loss of about 150 of the usual 400 morning peak services.

The delays impacted the T1 North Shore, T2 Inner West and Leppington, T3 Bankstown, T5 Cumberland and T8 Airport South Line.

Campbelltown was one of the worst-hit areas.

Meanwhile, Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) NSW Secretary, Alex Claassens, has asked passengers to direct their frustration at the government rather than the workers who are just as frustrated as commuters with the state of the network.

“If you’re running a service that completely crashes whenever there is an incident or a few workers are off, you’ve got serious problems,” Claassens said.

The ABC has more.

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