Patchwork train tracks a Metro derailment waiting to happen, MP alleges

 
Topic moved from News by dthead on 17 Mar 2015 09:44
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Australia's rail safety watchdog is looking into allegations raised in parliament by a federal MP that Metro's track maintenance standards are so shoddy it is putting public safety at risk.
Patchwork train tracks a Metro derailment waiting to happen, MP alleges


Metro can only do as much maintenance as the incumbent government is prepared to fund.  Metro has the responsibility of running the services and I believe they get an "allowance" or budget for maintenance.  

I do notice a lot of timber still on the network in Melbourne which is not the case in places like Sydney.

Sponsored advertisement

  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
So.. let's get this in perspective. A Western Australian federal politician is reporting troubles in the Metro system in Melbourne? And just before a state election? And she is a member of the Australian Labor Party?

She is not offering any evidence, but claims a 'large number of people' have come to her to raise the subject and she has photos.

While I don't reject the possibility that there may be a real issue here, this is a very obvious smear campaign by the Labor Party and it's timing is impeccable.
  Madjikthise Assistant Commissioner

Although I agree the timing is dubious, it could be she attended this: http://www.ausrail.com/">http://http://www.ausrail.com/
And heard a number of stories on the grapevine.
  Braddo Deputy Commissioner

Location: Narre Warren
wxtre

I've often seen these plates on the track. Why are they installed and what purpose do they serve?
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
I'm not a political lobbyist. I had the very good fortune to work for Allanah in the transport space. Her degree of understanding about the rail sector is extremely good. She examined the Victorian model of outsourced operations and maintenance of services very closely as part of her consideration for a similar model and discovered for herself that the model was flawed as it is used in Victoria. This she did some years ago. I'm not privy to the current announcement.

Sponsored advertisement

Subscribers: bevans

Display from:   

Quick Reply

We've disabled Quick Reply for this thread as it was last updated more than six months ago.