Students from at least one outer Sydney school will have to start and finish classes earlier because of next month's new train timetable.
The principal at Blue Mountains Grammar School wrote to parents this week telling them the school day would soon have to begin at 8.35am because of the October 20 timetable, which changes the pattern of services at nearby Wentworth Falls station.
Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said this week the government had provided enough notice for its timetable changes, billed as the biggest in a decade.
But many residents of outer Sydney areas that have fewer frequent services are upset about having had relatively little notice to plan around the changes. In the Blue Mountains, for instance, fewer trains will stop at smaller stations as more trains run express stopping patterns.
The earlier start time at Blue Mountains Grammar School also means the school faces a negotiation to get local buses to run earlier ''to allow students to arrive on time at school and to be picked up not too long after class ends,'' headmaster Trevor Barman wrote to parents.
Association of Independent Schools executive director Geoff Newcombe said he had not been contacted by any other school asking for help with the October timetable.
Dr Newcombe said he could not recall any other occasion when a school had changed start times because of a train timetable.
Mr Barman's email said he had been talking to the department for months ''to try to align the train timetable to suit our school day''. ''Unfortunately [Sydney Trains] is unable to accommodate our request as it would impact on other train timetables closer to Sydney,'' he wrote.
As a result, school will start 10 minutes earlier at 8.35am and end 10 minutes earlier at 3.10pm.
A spokesman for Transport for NSW said the department was aware of the school's concerns, and had scheduled an extra train to stop at Wentworth Falls at 3.54pm ''specifically to pick up the school's students''.''Anecdotally, we understand many of the school's students have to run for the current timetable's 3.35pm service,'' the spokesman said. The department would meet the school to discuss its concerns.
Action for Public Transport spokesman Jim Donovan said the community should have had more notice of new bus, train and ferry timetables.