The wheels are literally falling off the trains is why it has failed in Melbourne.
The wheels have already fallen off the network down here privatisation of transport services in Australia does not work. Melbourne, well Victoria has been doing this for years without it working well although I am told the network ran better under Connex?
Sydney wants to avoid privatisation. You need to ask yourself, What will privatisation deliver that can't or is not being delivered already?
V/line is govt owned and operated and is this a shinning example of how to run a railway? (Not being sarcastic, just asking the question) If so, then yes you could say Mel would be better converting back to govt ownership, if not or if its worse then maybe not.
Under Connex there were lots of complaints, under the current mob, there are lots of complaints. I'm sure if returned to govt control there would be lots of complaints. Question is perception or reality?
Back to Sydney, lets say the
- running costs are 65% subsidy
- On time performance is 96%
- Safety is X?
There are obviously other KPI's
If the private sector can improve on most of these, you would go down that path. the problem is how do you know? Do you break off a piece and say "here have a go at this for 5 years and we will see how you go"? Issue is what effect does this have on the remaining govt section? Is it likely things improve simply to prevent further privatisation?
There have been a number of studies on how well Mel has fared under private control, but the question has always remained. What would have happened had it stayed with Govt?
The various hard line opposition to the new Metro being both a Metro and privately run is mostly driven by fear of both the technology and the operational costs will be proven to be far superior to that of the existing network and hence a lever for more conversion (as proposed under ALP govt), although unlikely.
Personally I see no reason why a govt should involve itself in the day to day operation of a railway. The govt is not a railway expert and constantly has a low level of trust of its work force and govt sectors world wide are not renown for the cost effectiveness in what they do although there are exceptions.