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TRANSPORT officials are working to fix squealing brakes on the state’s New Generation train fleet after commuter complaints about “excruciating” noise levels.
TransLink has confirmed to The Sunday Mail the new fleet had in an “intermittent brake squeal” issue that it was working with Canadian-based train manufacturer Bombardier to fix.
A spokesman for TransLink said it was working with Bombardier and the brake component manufacturer to “investigate the root cause and identify a solution.”
But it has moved to allay safety concerns, assuring “the noise does not affect braking performance.”
“This appears to be an intermittent fault on a small number of the (New Generation Rollingstock) trains currently operating on the network,” the spokesman told the newspaper.
Queensland Rail New Generation Rollingstock trains have been plagued with problems since they were delivered.The Sunday Mail questioned TransLink about squealing brakes on the NGR trains after public transport advocacy Rail Back on Track raised noise concerns.
Spokesman Robert Dow referred said he was waiting at Central station this month when he experienced for himself the squealing brakes of NGR 743 as it arrived at the platform.
“The braking squeal from this train was the loudest I have ever heard and I thought: ‘I need ear protection,’ similar to what we used on the rifle range in my digger days it was that bad,” he said.
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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