We are deep into day 2 of Sydney‘s train nightmare and I swear to God, we are about one incident away from everyone eating their own shoes and forming a new Mad Max-esque society in the stations they have been completely unable to leave.
Thanks to an unfortunate confluence of a shitload of lightning strikes causing electrical faults, an unusual amount of sick days being taken, and a shortage of available overtime thanks to the holiday period, commuters have been left stranded for hours as trains fail to arrive or do arrive but are too sardined already to fit anyone else in.
Scenes at train stations quickly devolved into an almost comical (I said almost, please don’t get angry at me, people who got stuck) Boschian nightmare as they got massively overfilled with people who were told to expect “infinite delays” (apparently not a typo).
It did not look like a fun time for anyone involved:
I was complaining about being stuck on un-air conditioned train & then I just saw the crowd waiting at the hell dimension known as Town Hall & I’m shutting my damn mouth #SydneyTrains pic.twitter.com/jjFXlgFpvx— Maria Lewis (@moviemazz) January 9, 2018
Gordon station. That crowd runs all the way out of the station into the replacement bus queues. Am I the only one who thinks this level of overcrowding is dangerous? #SydneyTrains pic.twitter.com/H7eFgqO2JF— Anita (@EvilxMidget) January 9, 2018
"We apologise as a train crew. We do not apologise for management's stuff up"— Dave The Happy Singer (@HappySinger) January 9, 2018
I love you, Guard. Don't let the bastards grind you down.#SydneyTrains
#SydneyTrains view at 7.30pm, no trains have arrived and crowding is becoming dangerous. No updates on trains to Beverly Hills. Absolutely ridiculous. Government should be ashamed. Sydney cannot be a world city with these issues. pic.twitter.com/mPi9ketr4g— Chloe (@_chloealyce) January 9, 2018
It looks like the shittiness is set to continue for a while longer, so be sure to either factor that into your train commute or find an alternate way to work. As frustrating and shitty as it is, this is a management issue, not an employee one, so try not to take out your frustrations on the staff, who are probably having a worse day than you are.