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Collapse  RAIL CHAOS RAIL CHAOS
Factors combined for rail chaos
Commuters describe four-hour journeys
'Train' trip took three hours from Central
MacDonald apologises for train disruptions
Trackwork to be completed this week
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Molly celebrates 105th birthday
Australia Day activities on Woy Woy waterfront
Visit by NSW Maritime fails to result in fines
Ocean Beach area is dangerous, says Mehrtens
Tesch calls for Woy Woy wharf upgrade
Councillor questions need for study before action
Plans for sand study supported by community group
Rawson Rd was only crossing with two fatalities
Six tonnes of sand to be sculpted
Accident proves need for train guards - Tesch
Encourage development in Woy Woy, says Chamber
MP supports Umina youth festival
New electronic waste contractor engaged at the tip
Permanent dredging solution is supported - Tesch
Chamber opposes lower submission threshold
Rotary club pays for three Ugandan classrooms
Mary Mac's receives Rotary donations
Little 'trickle down' despite tourism success - Chamber
Council to appoint interim general manager
Surf club holds first seaside market
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A ray of hope on the horizon
Sand creates hazard on footpaths
Any system is better than this unwieldy, exclusive one
Council could never be accused of acting in haste
Bank inquiry is good news
Open letter sent to Central Coast Council
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Program to reduce risk of falling
Lymphoedema common on the Peninsula
Project success for retirement village and graduate
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Arts and crafts centre announces upgrades
Little Theatre performs satirical comedy Australia Day
Canadian duo first up at folk club
Blues Angels at Hardy's Bay

'Train' trip took three hours from Central

It took almost three hours for Ms Olivana Smith-Lathouris to get to Woy Woy from Central by 9am on the morning of Wednesday, January 11, due to track work.

Ms Smith-Lathouris needed to visit Woy Woy for a job interview and said she had done a similar journey on multiple occasions.

"To ensure my being on time, I checked the timetable only to be greeted by an alarming yellow warning sign 'Track Work'," she said.

However, the extent of the delays was a shock to her.

The journey usually taking about an hour and a quarter took more than double this time.

"This morning however, my travel time was extended to just under three hours," Ms Smith-Lathouris said.

"This meant waking up at approximately 5am to allow enough time to step in and out of the shower, shove half an apple in my mouth and run out the door," she said.

Ms Smith-Lathouris, along with many other commuters travelling from the city to the Central Coast, boarded a train from Central to Gordon.

From Gordon Station, she waited 15 minutes for a bus which would arrive at Berowra Station 40 minutes later, just in time for her to catch yet another train to Woy Woy.

"By the end of the journey, I felt completely frantic and almost exhausted," she said.

"I do not own a car and rely on buses and trains to take me to and from university, work, internships and to visit friends and family," Ms Smith-Lathouris said.

"I am greatly appreciative to have the option of public transport and accept that with a growing demand, delays and complications are unavoidable."

"But for a journey to take double its initial time with three connections, it is understandable that there should be complaint and a demand for more efficient and reliable transport," she said

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