Massive crowds on Easter weekend put Sydney transport under pressure

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Sydney residents are being told to be patient and plan ahead as the lines for public transport blow out during the Easter long weekend.

Photos and videos of the crowds on social media show hordes of people queuing for public transport, with a combination of the Sydney Royal Easter Show, some rare good weather, free public transport and workers shortages leading leading to massive bottlenecks.

“If you are planning to travel on a ferry over the long weekend you should consider travelling early or later in the day if possible," Transport for NSW’s Chief Operations Officer Howard Collins said in a statement adding to "always check online for updates."

Social media users posted photos of the lengthy queues online. Source: TikTok
Social media users posted photos of the lengthy queues online. Source: TikTok

“While our staff are working very hard not to disappoint people our capacity is limited and there will likely be some delays and longer wait times on popular services," he continued.

A spokesperson from the Royal Easter Show told Yahoo News Australia 50,000 people had already passed through the gates by 11am on Saturday.

"We are looking to be on par with last year's numbers show, if not more [because] we had far more restrictions [last year]," the spokesperson said.

TikTok and Facebook videos online captured a line winding around the wharf at the Paramatta Ferry stop on Friday, amazing onlookers and viewers.

"Maybe we won’t be able to get a ferry," one incredulous user commented.

"Wow," agreed another, with someone else declaring: "I'd rather swim".

Posts online showed long lines for the entrance to the Easter Show following a sold out day on Friday that saw 80,000 people in attendance, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Sydney public transport is free until Anzac Day

The Opal network will be fare-free for a total of 12 days, from 4am on Thursday, April 14 to 3.59am on Tuesday, April 26, 2022.

The fare-free initiative, which follows industrial action and a brief shutdown, is set to give travellers some reprieve, while also encouraging a boost to tourism and businesses across the network.

The fare-free period covers all Opal network services in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, the Hunter and the Illawarra, and includes Metro, train, bus, light rail and ferry services, as well as the Manly Fast Ferries.

“With floods, industrial action, and Covid-19, it has been a challenging time for many, and this initiative will deliver some hip pocket relief, encourage people to enjoy what Greater Sydney has to offer, and also provide a boost to businesses,” Mr Collins said earlier in the week.

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