Sydney trains still delayed after earlier Town Hall police operation

Major delays were still affecting Sydney’s train network on Wednesday night after an earlier police operation at Town Hall station halted services around City Circle.

Police were called at 10.45am on Wednesday and the station in Sydney’s CBD was evacuated. Commuters were told to catch buses.

People were blocked from entering Town Hall station.

People were blocked from entering Town Hall station. Credit:Rhett Wyman

A NSW Police spokeswoman said officers searched Town Hall station as part of the police operation.

Police said on Twitter at 12.16pm the police operation had concluded “with nothing found”. It said “reports of a suspicious package are incorrect”.

As of 6.40pm Wednesday, Transport for NSW said delays were still affecting train services, warning stopping patterns may change at short notice.

Parents from St Andrew’s Cathedral School were notified via text message that the school was in partial lockdown.

“SACS is in partial lockdown due to a suspicious package found at Town Hall station,” the message reads. “We will advise when given police clearance.”

Commuters at Town Hall station were told to catch buses instead.

Commuters at Town Hall station were told to catch buses instead. Credit:Julie Power

The school’s director of strategy and marketing, Jackie Isenegger, said police had contacted the school and advised them of a “threat”.

The school decided to keep students inside the buildings and “not have them cross Sydney Square”, she said. The square was never officially closed but is above Town Hall station.

Parents were notified on Wednesday afternoon that the lockdown had ended but to keep an eye on train timetables for the afternoon pick-up.

In advice issued shortly before noon, Transport for NSW said: “Trains cannot run around the City Circle due to a police operation at Town Hall.”

However, in updated advice after 12.30pm, trains were again running around the City Circle.

“Trains have also resumed between Central and North Sydney on the T1 North Shore and T9 Northern lines, and between Central and Bondi Junction on the T4 Eastern Suburbs Line,” Transport for NSW said.

“However, continue to delay your trip if possible, or consider alternative travel arrangements. Allow plenty of extra travel time, listen to announcements and check information displays for service updates as stopping patterns may change at short notice and buses may supplement some services.”

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