Tuesday, 29 May 2012


All too often I hear people complaining about Sydney Transport, especially the trains. We all read about it, especially in the free "train newspaper" the mX. Why? Here are my responses to a couple of common questions:


Many people say that ever since the invention of chairs the human race has become a weaker species. If this is correct why should we bother about seats. If someone wants to but their bag on the seat, don't complain, just stand and laugh at him/her. The only reason I would get annoyed at something as minor as this would be if you were on a long train trip (over 30 mins) and you couldn't sit.


You couldn't be wronger. Unless you've been catching the train at 2AM from Penrith to Mt Druitt then you are wrong. One rotten apple may spoil the bunch but about 90% of "Train People" are decent. 


I'd have to agree, Cityrail trains are very dirty. All this, however, is understandable. Why are the trains dirty? This is because of a lack of rubbish bins. Why are there a  lack of rubbish bins? Since someone could shove a bomb in one. So the trains being dirty may come back to save your life.

Despite all these cons, there are many pros with trains including

  • Quick, efficient, cheap transport
  • Funny guards who make stupid announcements
  • Ease of accessing places

So next time you catch a train consider the pros vs the cons and if the cons outweigh the pros, walk and get some exercise.


  1. That's crap. The trains in Sydney are terrible. They're overpriced (e.g. it's cheaper driving to Wollongong than buying a ticket), dirty ( I have seen numerous cockroaches on it), they are usually late or delayed and over crowded due to the lack of trains

    1. Hi Jake
      Thanks for reading...
      I'd actually have to disagree with you on the Wollongong statement- especially on Family Funday (including tolls). When time comes into the matter that is the problem with driving. I agree with you on the dirtyness (read my last point). This however is the result of another issue, terrorist threats. Lack of trains is an issue only in peak hour and even then sometimes Citirail can't afford to run more trains due to congestion on the tracks. What I do think however is that off peak once every 15 minutes is reasonable on a line. Whenever there is a delay on Citirail networks, it is usually related to a Natural issue ie trees falling or power outages. If you were to, say, catch a bus then you would still be caught in traffic... right?
      Anyways thanks for commenting and raising a few points

  2. ", a rough calculation suggests that in the last five years, your chances of being killed by a terrorist are about one in 20 million. This compares annual risk of dying in a car accident of 1 in 19,000; drowning in a bathtub at 1 in 800,000; dying in a building fire at 1 in 99,000; or being struck by lightning at 1 in 5,500,000. In other words, in the last five years you were four times more likely to be struck by lightning than killed by a terrorist. "

    so that combats your terrorism point.

    Yes, Family Funday is cheaper but in general the trains are over priced- it far cheaper paying to drive (fuel etc) than it is to pay $2.30 for a return ticket to chats wood (and that's only a kid one).

    Furthermore (thanks Mr Robertson) I believe that to "combat" you're quote: "Cityrail can't afford to run more trains due to congestion on the tracks." I believe that if they were more efficient and faster you wouldn't get congestion, if they were ON TIME AND NOT DELAYED (I do agree with your Natural issue however sometimes there are moments when this isn't the case) you wouldn't get congestion.

    I think i sounded a bit harsh in my first response! :D :D :D :D :D :D ::D =3

    1. Fair enough but the low chance of terrorism is due to there being security precautions in case. If there weren't, these would be bait to terrorists. Yes they don't always run on time but the chances of that are low. If you have to use a train to get to Chatswood then $2.30 is reasonable. Congestion is caused by there having to be a minimum amount of space between one train or another. Speeding trains up would mean having to run earlier services thus wasting taxpayers money.
      Thanks for your input