In February, NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance admitted that “off-the-charts” demand had stretched Sydney’s train system to its limits:
Sydney’s 163-year-old train network is struggling under the demands of what the government describes as “an explosion in demand”. Last year passengers took more than 413 million journeys on the rail system, up 38 per cent from 300 million in 2013.
And over the next three years a 21 per cent rise in annual passenger trips is forecast…
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