Dorothy Parker summed it up best: “What fresh hell is this?”
Blue Mountains residents, hightailing it to the city after being urged – somewhat vehemently – by the Rural Fire Services boss and Emergency Services minister Mike Gallacher to get out of the fire zone, were greeted by yet another Sydney Rail problem.
Line problems at St Marys stopped all citybound services at about 7am. An emergency bus service was called in to bridge the Penrith-Blacktown leg of the journey, but it struggled to cope with demand. By 8.30, some people in a long queue at Penrith said they’d been waiting an hour to resume their journey.
Many people chose to catch trains back up the mountains to collect the cars they’d left at lower mountains station parking areas, then drive to the city.
Rail services were reported to be back on track by 11.30, but not before many commuters had seen their day turn from gloom and misery to sheer bloody frustration.
Next… the long wait to see if there’ll be a home to return to. – The Newsroom team
Top photo and below: Citybound commuters wait for buses to bridge the gap between Penrith and Blacktown.
Photos taken by Tony Kleu