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Sydney Commuters Stranded After Wiring Issue, Medical Emergency And Fire Alarm Delay Most Trains

A medical emergency, a wiring issue and a fire alarm have disrupted almost all Sydney train services this morning. Here's what you need to know.

Affected lines include:

  • Berowra to City via Gordon
  • City to Berowra via Gordon
  • Hornsby to North Shore via City
  • North Shore to Hornsby via City
  • City to Emu Plains or Richmond
  • Bondi Junction to Waterfall or Cronulla
  • Waterfall or Cronulla to Bondi Junction
  • Bomaderry or Port Kembla to Central and Bondi Junction
  • Bondi Junction and Central to Bomaderry or Port Kembla
  • City to Parramatta or Leppington
  • Parramatta or Leppington to City
  • City to Liverpool or Lidcombe via Bankstown
  • Liverpool or Lidcombe to City via Bankstown
  • City to Macarthur via Airport or Sydenham
  • Macarthur to City via Airport or Sydenham

The North Shore and Western Lines (T1 & T9) are experiencing significant delays as workers repair overhead wiring at Hornsby Maintenance Centre.

"We had to turn off the power to make repairs safely, which isn't a quick process. As the power was out, we couldn't prepare a number of trains needed until the repairs were completed," Sydney Trains wrote on Twitter.

Commuters have been advised to allow extra travel time as delays continue due to urgent wiring repairs at Hornsby and a train requiring mechanical repairs at Lidcombe.

Buses services are in place for the T1, T4 and T9 lines at Hornsby, Berowra, Blacktown, Richmond, Emu Plains, Penrith, Cronulla and Sutherland.

After a fire alarm was set off in Town Hall, major delays were reported across the T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra Line and the T4 South Coast Line.

A medical emergency at Erskinville and Redfern resulted in flow-on delays just as services were scheduled to resume, also affecting T2, T8 and T3 Lines.

A spokesperson from the Transport Management Centre NSW told 10 daily the T4 lines are expected to run as normal within the next hour or so, but major disruptions will continue for T1 and T9 lines throughout the morning.

One frustrated commuter had to work from home after she became stuck between Parramatta and Strathfield for 45 minutes on Tuesday morning.

"We were told something had ripped off our train and stranded us indefinitely," Brittney Rigby told 10 daily.

"Finally, the train got to Strathfield, where it terminated because of the damage. The platform was packed with everyone getting off and everyone already dealing with the other delays caused by the Town Hall fire alarm and Hornsby wiring issues," she said.

"So I got on a train back to Parramatta to work from home. I’m on deadline this morning, so the fact I was at Strathfield at 8 and needed to get to North Sydney made persisting impractical."

"Other colleagues’ services were terminating at Central and said the buses were just as nightmarish."

More to come.