Sydney’s Town Hall station is evacuated after ‘verbal threats’

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Sydney’s Town Hall train station has been evacuated and police are searching the area after reports of a ‘verbal threat’ and a ‘suspicious package’. 

‘A police operation is underway at Town Hall Station with a precautionary search of the area underway,’ NSW Police tweeted. 

However, police have since confirmed: ‘Reports of a suspicious package are incorrect. Police are continuing to conduct a precautionary search of the area’.

The reported suspicious package was understood to be a hoax note left behind on a train seat by a group of school students.  

Commuters were evacuated about 11am on Wednesday and all entrances to the station sealed off. 

All trains have been stopped from travelling through the station, the second busiest in Sydney, causing major delays to the city’s rail network.   

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‘Due to a major police operation at Town Hall Station, no trains are travelling through Town Hall. Major delays are expected on some lines. Trains are also suspended between Town Hall and North Sydney on the North Shore Line,’ Sydney Trains posted on Twitter

One commuter reported being on a train that was ‘stopped underground in tunnel between Central and Town Hall station’, which they said was ‘apparently getting approvals to go “back” to Central’. 

Northern Line trains are terminating at Strathfield.

Travellers evacuated from the station, or arriving at the station due to catch a train, have been told to take a bus.  

Commuters have been told to delay all non-essential travel.  

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