Morning Buzz: Commuters set to face transport headache

Good morning and welcome to your morning wrap of news, sport, and weather around Sydney for Monday, January 8. It’ll be hot again today with the chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. Temperatures are expected to hit 33 in the city and up to 41 in the west. Enjoy your day!

Sydney commuters set to face transport headache as they return to work

Commuters queue for replacement buses on Sunday due to track work on the light rail line.  Photo: James Alcock

Commuters queue for replacement buses on Sunday due to track work on the light rail line. Photo: James Alcock

Workers in Sydney's north shore and inner west can expect a longer commute when they return to work on Monday, with track work on trains and light rail taking place this week.

It will be a stark reminder to many of those travelling that the holidays are over, with many commuters forced to jump between buses, light rail and trains to travel to work in the next week.

Minister for Transport, Andrew Constance, said commuters would need to plan their trips carefully this week in light of the track work. Read more

Woman, 68, kidnapped and assaulted in Sydney's north

A man and a woman have been charged after they allegedly assaulted and kidnapped an elderly woman. Photo: Georgia Matts

A man and a woman have been charged after they allegedly assaulted and kidnapped an elderly woman. Photo: Georgia Matts

A man and woman will face court on Monday after they allegedly kidnapped and assaulted a woman in the early hours of Sunday.

Police said the woman was driven across the north of Sydney against her will before being dropped at a home in Mosman where she was able to alert police. Read more 

Man shot in chest at Sydney pizza restaurant feared for his life

A 21-year-old man is in a serious condition in Westmead Hospital after he was shot at a Domino's in Wentworthville. Photo: Miriam Webber

A 21-year-old man is in a serious condition in Westmead Hospital after he was shot at a Domino's in Wentworthville. Photo: Miriam Webber

A man has been shot in the chest and hand at a pizza restaurant in western Sydney.

The 21-year-old was working at the Domino's restaurant in Wentworthville in the early hours of Sunday morning when he was confronted by an armed man, NSW Police say. Read more via SMH

How travellers are avoiding the high cost of catching the train to Sydney Airport

Polish tourists Tom and Andrew walking from Wolli Creek station to Sydney Airport. Photo: Louise Kennerley

Polish tourists Tom and Andrew walking from Wolli Creek station to Sydney Airport. Photo: Louise Kennerley

Travellers are getting creative to find cheaper, alternate ways to get to and from Sydney Airport and avoid being slugged the access fee for using the train at the domestic and international terminals.

The latest accounts filed with the corporate regulator for the private operator of the four stations on the nine-kilometre Airport Line tunnel show it paid the government almost $87 million in a "train service fee" in the year to June. Read more

State collects $87 million in single year from Sydney Airport train station fees

The access fee for the train stations at Sydney Airport is $13.80 for an adult. Photo: Dean Sewell

The access fee for the train stations at Sydney Airport is $13.80 for an adult. Photo: Dean Sewell

Pressure is building on the NSW government to use the tens of millions of dollars it collects each year from train passengers passing through stations at Sydney Airport to cut the cost of the trip there, the most expensive on the city's rail network.

The latest accounts filed with the corporate regulator for the private operator of the four stations on the nine-kilometre Airport Line tunnel show it paid the government almost $87 million in a "train service fee" in the year to June, a 26 per cent rise on the same period a year earlier. Read more via SMH

SCG Sunday roast fries players and 33,285 fans on 'hottest day of Test cricket in Australia'

Safety first: Joe Root hydrates during one of the many drinks breaks on day four of the Test played in extreme heat. Photo: Andy Brownbill

Safety first: Joe Root hydrates during one of the many drinks breaks on day four of the Test played in extreme heat. Photo: Andy Brownbill

Australia and England braved what is believed to be the hottest conditions seen for a Test match in this country on Sunday as the hosts close in on another heavy victory.

In weather better suited for a day at the beach or a day inside air-conditioned surrounds, a crowd of 33,285 sweltered as temperatures soared well into the 40s. Read more

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