The NSW government touted the new train timetable as a time saver - and it does exactly that for commuter Laura Lidden.
A librarian in Newtown, Ms Lidden commutes from North Wollongong to Redfern station five days a week.
Under the new timetable, she now catches a train that leaves North Wollongong station four minutes later but arrives at Redfern 19 minutes earlier.
That means she can get to work earlier and, at the end of the day, leave a bit earlier as well. Or at least not be faced with a mad dash to the station.
"On the way back I can leave work a bit later but still get home earlier," she said.
Now she can get home before 6pm, whereas the old timetable saw her arrive at North Wollongong at 6.15pm.
The faster trips have created what Ms Lidden called "little differences".
"It means that now that it's daylight saving I'm getting home in the daylight, so you can do some exercise," Ms Lidden said.
"You can also cook a proper meal, which is nice, rather than having to use frozen meals. It just gives you a little bit better work-life balance because, when you're a commuter, that's often hard to get."
Ms Lidden said finding out that the new timetable included express trains that would make fewer stops, resulting in a faster journey, came as a bit of a surprise.
"I honestly thought it would be worse because that is often the way," she said.
"I think that's why a lot of us who hop on at Wollongong and North Wollongong were pleasantly surprised and we did actually get some benefits."
However, she is aware of the frustrations of those in the northern suburbs and can understand their feelings.
"I honestly understand what a lot of the people who used to catch trains on the smaller stations are complaining about because there really is a lack of options for them these days," she said.
"But for the bigger stations like Unanderra, Wollongong and North Wollongong, it's just cut off some of the commuting time, which is great."