More train cancellations as network continues to struggle

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Frustrated train commuters are putting up with more delays and cancellations on the Western Line this morning.

Two usually packed peak hour services – the 7.21am Penrith to Central service and the 7.25am Penrith to Central service – were both cancelled this morning.

It is the second time in three days the 7.21am service has been cancelled after it also didn’t run on Tuesday morning.

Sydney Trains says the 7.21am service was cancelled due to an “operational issue” while the 7.25am service was cancelled due to a train requiring repairs at Hornsby.

In addition, the 6.10am Central to Penrith service was cancelled this morning.

Commuters have vented their frustration on social media.

“I have to wait for half an hour in the freezing cold, travel an hour without a seat and be late to work because two trains were cancelled and I’m still paying full price for my trip,” Natasha Wigg said.

The ongoing problems on the rail network could become a major election issue if Transport Minister Andrew Constance can’t fix the problem.

Commuters also faced delays getting home last night with an “operational issue” at Westmead causing problems.

To add further salt to commuters’ wounds, Opal fares will increase by 2.2 per cent next month.

Trains haven’t met on-time running targets since the controversial new timetable was introduced in November last year.

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