Public Transport Service Changes From Monday 23 August
20 August, 2021

Bus and train timetables in Greater Sydney will be adjusted from Monday 23 August, to help provide continuity of services while managing recent transport staff shortages related to COVID-19.

Chief Operations Officer Howard Collins said Transport for NSW will continue to focus on providing services for essential workers, especially during peak travel times.

“Our priority is keeping our staff and customers safe, while continuing to provide transport services that are necessary for the functioning of the community,” Mr Collins said.

“Transport for NSW will adjust services where we can but we expect COVID-related staffing issues to continue to affect services.

“Please only use the network if you are making essential trips and please plan ahead before you leave home – this is really important as changes and cancellations can happen throughout the day.

“Patronage on the network is now around 90 per cent lower than pre-pandemic levels and we are continuing to monitor the network and making changes to the timetable as necessary.

“If you do need to leave your home for an essential reason, please consider driving, walking, or cycling if possible. Please plan ahead. We thank the community for working with us during this challenging time and need everyone to follow health advice and stay home, and only use the public transport network for essential trips.

“Our frontline transport staff have been doing an amazing job during this unprecedented time and we urge you to keep giving them your respect and understanding. We cannot thank them enough for the work they are doing to keep essential workers moving.

“We have hundreds of Transport staff following health advice and isolating at home and expect the number to continue to fluctuate as we deal with the Delta strain.”

Customers should plan ahead by visiting or using real time apps.

Please continue to practice good COVID safe etiquette - wear a mask and sit or stand only on a green dot. If you feel unwell, stay home and get tested. 

From Monday 23 August, the following public transport timetable will be in place to support essential workers and COVID-related staffing issues:

  • Sydney Trains 
    • Modified weekend timetable
    • Additional early morning and early afternoon services to support construction and trade based essential workers;
    • Additional peak and higher demand period services where required to support social distancing
  • NSW TrainLink
    • Modified weekend timetable for Intercity Services
    • Any customers with bookings on regional train services will be contacted directly if their travel is impacted
  • Sydney Buses
    • Amended Saturday timetable, including:
      • A number of additional early morning and afternoon services for ‘essential worker’ peak periods
      • Frequent services on known high demand routes (dependent on driver availability)
      • Additional weekday only routes that service key employment precincts (dependent on driver availability)
    • There will be no change to current school bus service arrangements.
  • Sydney Metro
    • Services every 10 minutes in the peak and every 20 minutes in the off peak
  • Light Rail
    • L1 Inner West Line is running to a weekday timetable
    • L2 and L3 CSELR lines are running to a Sunday timetable with additional shuttle services on L2 during peak periods (6-9am and 2.30-5pm)
  • Ferries
    • Services will continue to operate hourly

For more information on COVID-19 measures visit

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