After all the scheduled maintenance we still have failures, sooner or later we desperately need to install high-capacity signalling in the City Loop including its outskirts; North Melbourne, Jolimont and Richmond.
The question remains - 'are we getting value for the money we spend on maintenance'?
How often do we see ongoing failures of boom gates at the same locations time and time again. It's been fixed now but at one location I know the supposedly weatherproof junction box was simply tied half shut with insulation tape for months and we wonder why when it rains there are so many failures. No doubt the contractors were paid for the insulation tape job. Is there any professional inspection of contract/Metro maintenance?
Money is spent on completely relaying track only to see it turn into mud holes within months.
How much maintenance is not done properly and, as such, is little more than a waste of money?