The union that represents Metro train drivers has sought to take the company to the industrial umpire over its continued operation of a single X'Trapolis train – modified so it will not outpace the boom gates at level crossings – on the Frankston line.
The train has run up and down the line twice a day since October but has been re-engineered so it cannot accelerate at unsafe speeds. The X'Trapolis is the newest and fastest train type in Metro's fleet but only some of Melbourne's rail lines are equipped for it. At full acceleration, there is a risk that it could beat the signals that lower boom gates on the Frankston line's 30 level crossings.
What is the problem? The train has been changed to prevent the speed up so it is now operating within engineering limits.