| 18.04,19. 10:25 PM |
Sydney train delays expected after police operation at Redfern station
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Major delays are continuing on Sydney's trains this afternoon after a police operation at Redfern station triggered the power to be switched off across the network.
At Milsons Point, city-bound commuters were advised to walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge when trains stopped before lunchtime today after a "trespasser" at Redfern station shut down the network.
At 4:00pm the flow-on effect from the disruption was continuing across the Sydney network, with some trains delayed by almost an hour.
Redfern is one of the city's busiest stations, with multiple train lines passing through the station
"NSW Police ordered all services be halted and overhead power switched off while the situation was resolved," the statement said.
The police operation finished just after midday and Redfern station has re-opened.
According to Sydney Trains, buses are supporting train services between Campbelltown and Macarthur, Hornsby and Berowra, Penrith and Emu Plains, Glenfield and Leppington, and Kiama and Nowra "with extra on standby as needed".
The trespasser is now in the care of emergency services.
At the time Sydney Trains said the Southern Highlands line was the only one not experiencing delays, and chief executive Howard Collins apologised to commuters affected by the delays.
"Almost 50 trains were impacted almost up to an hour so this is a big job to put the trains back," Mr Collins said.
"Its looking as if we're recovering well, but it will take time to get every train back on schedule."
Mr Collins said he understood some passengers stuck on trains were upset about losing air conditioning, but the safety of those involved in the operation was the top priority.
"We did have to take our 1,500 volt power supply off for a period of time in the area and I know people were stuck on trains," he said.
"I know those trains were getting warm."
Real-time public transport apps show some services running between 30 and 50 minutes late.