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Train drivers on the newly-built South West Rail Link have been issued with an urgent message: slow down.
The speed restriction has been slapped on the rail line just six months after the much-anticipated extension was completed.
Sydney Trains ordered drivers to effectively crawl along the track between Edmonson Park and Leppington at just 10km/h after cracks in the rails were noticed by engineers conducting a regular sweep.
Trains travelling in the opposite direction have been ordered to keep under 40km/h as part of the restrictions.
The $1.6 billion piece of infrastructure was delivered 12 months ahead of schedule and $300 million below budget.
Sydney Trains CEO Howard Collins said passenger safety was paramount.
“When our engineers travelled along the line doing inspection, they noticed cracks – so as a precaution we slowed the trains down,” he said.
“We put safety first.”
Trains are expected to be back up to normal speed by the end of the month.
This article first appeared on www.9news.com.au
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