After Australia’s painful 3-1 loss to England in the Women’s World Cup semifinal, power issues that transportation authorities claim were caused by vandalism caused disruption and frustration for people returning home. Police are now looking into the matter.
Events at Sydney Olympic Park
Sydney Trains believes that Ashfield equipment was vandalized, which had an impact on all of the network’s signaling systems.
Tens of thousands of commuters were left stuck as a result, primarily at Sydney Olympic Park, where an estimated 100,000 spectators had assembled for both the football game at Stadium Australia and the country artist Luke Combs’ concert at Qudos Arena.
Duration and Resolution of Problem
According to the ABC, the problem, which had caused delays of more than an hour, was rectified at midnight.
Affected Train Lines
Social media and train stations, where city-bound services on the T1,T2, T7, T8 and T9 lines experienced significant delays, informed passengers of the power supply problem.
Equipment Vandalism Impact:
Due to equipment vandalism at Ashfield, Sydney Trains recommended allowing for extra travel time.
Event Impact on Train Services:
During the event, train services might stop at multiple platforms and face delays.
Work Crews and Expected Delays:
Work crews were present at the scene, and it was anticipated that delays would continue into the evening.
Alternative Transportation Suggestion:
If feasible, passengers were advised to consider using alternative modes of transportation to reach their destinations.
Commuter Reaction to Transportation Urging:
Irate commuters expressed their frustration on social media after being encouraged to use public transportation for Wednesday night’s events.
Negative Feedback on Sydney Trains:
Commuters criticized Sydney Trains for what they perceived as repeated failures during significant sporting events. They described the transport network as “useless” and expressed disappointment with the train service.
The situation was labeled as an “absolute shambles” by one individual.
On a night when more than 100,000 people were all encouraged to use public transportation to move around the city and suburbs, this will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the most egregious failures of Sydney’s public transportation. It’s beyond embarrassing and chaotic.
Earlier Transportation Encouragement
Sydney Trains encouraged individuals to sue public transportation on the night in an earlier post.
“2 hours after the game finished and we are at Olympic Park,” wrote one commuter stranded at Sydney Olympic Park. Not your first game here, either. Sydney trains are a total shitshow.
Investigations are in progress after Sydney Trains reported the incident of possible vandalism to NSW Police.