Sydney’s new Metro train line was unveiled on Sunday and fell into a rather predictable amount of chaos – but its first test under peak hour conditions today seems to be going OK.
Yesterday, over 100,000 people flocked to try out the state’s driverless north-western line, and some reported problems like doors failing to open, children reportedly getting separated from parents, and trains not lining up correctly with platforms.
It’s safe to say that people had a few issues with the new service.
Are you actually serious? @SydneyMetro doesn’t run past 10pm?!?
How is this the future? It’s driverless, you clods. Like how could you have a public transport system that closes before midnight?!? JFC pic.twitter.com/7h2cUfw9q7
— @Priest (@Priest) May 26, 2019
— Santosh Neupane (@NepWog) May 26, 2019
Just saw a pram get smashed in a platform screen door while alighting, and a mum separated from her child when a train unexpectedly departed — this is not good enough @SydneyMetro, and MTS/MTR, this is actually very unsafe!
— Stephen Mok (@Cryptarcadian) May 26, 2019
— YouEsBe (@Ned__Kelly) May 26, 2019
— Mary Ward (@marywardy) May 26, 2019
But on Monday it seemed like at least some of the kinks had been ironed out.
Travelling on #sydneymetro to work today. Left Castle Hill at 7:31am…..arrived at Central at 8:24am – a trip that usually took 1hr 45mins and $110 in parking, tolls and petrol just took 53mins and $5… absolutely life changing.
— Lara Thom (@larathom) May 26, 2019
The $7 billion dollar project is the nation’s largest public transport project and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has been quick to bask in its successful implementation, which she said had “defied all the cynics.”
“In the early days, when I spoke to local residents, the parents used to say it’d be fantastic if our kids could catch the train to university or high school,” she said. “Well I’m glad to prove them wrong … it’s here, and it’s the start of something really special for New South Wales.”
NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance said the Metro line was the start of something “very special for our state”.
“Life’s about to change… for so many people who work hard every day and deserve the right to be able to get around the city as easily as they can.”
Constance has previously celebrated the arrival of driverless trains because it means he won’t have to “deal with the rail union any more,” predicting a future where the government doesn’t provide public transport services. Hmm!
We’re only at day two of Sydney’s driverless train future – so a few teething pains can be expected. Remains to be seen how long the famously chill and relaxed Sydney population will settle with this, though:
Sydney Metro trains are still overshooting platforms this morning. This train at Epping Station has to reverse back to correctly align with the platform screen doors to let passengers off. pic.twitter.com/SDusIwy7hx
— Mackenzie Price (@mackenziepricee) May 26, 2019