The weather event that hit Sydney, the Central Coast, Illawarra and South Coast over the weekend will impact road and public transport services to start the working week.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning including heavy rainfall and damaging winds for areas of Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and the Lower Hunter, extending to Ulladulla on the South Coast.
Transport for NSW Chief Operations Officer Howard Collins said the weekend’s big wet will affect public transport services tomorrow and likely on Tuesday, notably trains.
“Transport for NSW is urging people in impacted areas to avoid non-essential travel by road or public transport as the severe weather disrupts the network,” Mr Collins said. “Localised flooding has resulted in temporary speed restrictions being placed on some parts of our rail network, which could impact service reliability over the coming days.
“Our rail engineers are monitoring conditions and undertaking regular inspections of the network to ensure safe operations. We're asking customers to please keep updated with any necessary service changes due to flooding and avoid any unnecessary travel.”
Buses will replace trains on some lines, depending on the extent of additional flooding over the coming days. Other public transport modes may be impacted, including some ferry services that were unable to operate today in the severe weather conditions.
Transport for NSW will continue to work to limit the impact on customers but commuters should continue to monitor the situation and check transportnsw.info for the latest updates on how public transport services in their area are impacted across the week.
Several state roads are closed and impacted by floodwaters, landslips and fallen trees.
“Please check livetraffic.com for the most up-to-date information before heading out. If you do need to travel, motorists are asked to reduce speed, drive carefully and increase your visibility by switching on your headlights,” Mr Collins said.
“Remember, your vehicle takes longer to stop when the roads are slippery, so break gently to slow down and increase the gap between you and the vehicle in front.
“We know floodwater is extremely dangerous, especially for drivers. If the road is flooded, turn around and find another way.”
Transport for NSW is monitoring the weather system closely and crews are on the ground closing and reopening roads as quickly as possible to help travellers stay safe.
Transport for NSW is encouraging anyone travelling over the school holidays to download the BoM Weather App, and check the latest traffic updates by downloading the Live Traffic NSW app, visiting livetraffic.com or calling 132 701, or using the TfNSW journey planning tool myjourneynsw.info.