Metro derailment article at The Age - lack of maintenance

 
  shutterbug Station Staff

Location: Melbourne
"Metro has admitted in leaked correspondence that maintenance failures on its part caused two derailments on the same bend within five days last summer."
Link to The Age article here

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  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
I don;t believe the Victorian commuter is getting value for their maintenance money.  Billions have been handed over across years to Metro and we still have a network which fails in weather events including heat and cold.
  Lad_Porter Chief Commissioner

Location: Yarra Glen
Not to mention the millions in profits which go offshore to their foreign owners, funded by taxpayers and fare payers.  That money should stay here, and be spent on maintenance, among other things.
  davesvline Chief Commissioner

Location: 1983-1998
Maybe the govt should create an organisation called Melbourne Trains (or whatever) based on Metro's structure.
Then, they dont renew Metro's contract when it expires, but offer everyone their jobs back on less money in the new organisation. (Except the union workforce pay stays the same as we know what happens with public transport when you upset them).
Sacking and re hiring is the in thing currently, so surely this is the way to go?
The new organisation would have exactly the same money to do the job as Metro, but its back publicly run. Then we'll have no money going off shore and no excuses.

Let's roll the dice. Bet you the idiots in Spring St don't have the balls??

Regards
  davesvline Chief Commissioner

Location: 1983-1998
Oh, and in the current climate, I doubt everyone working for Metro would decline moving across to the new organisation, even on slightly less money (hey, pay them the same even I don't care). Its not like most would walk into a job short notice (some might) but you advertise a job if you have to.

But to do it, or not to do it is the question. What is the government scared of?? Must have something to lose I'd they don't want to?

Thoughts.
  TOQ-1 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Power Trainger
Oh, and in the current climate, I doubt everyone working for Metro would decline moving across to the new organisation, even on slightly less money (hey, pay them the same even I don't care). Its not like most would walk into a job short notice (some might) but you advertise a job if you have to.

But to do it, or not to do it is the question. What is the government scared of?? Must have something to lose I'd they don't want to?

Thoughts.
davesvline
The 'Metro' brand is owned by the state, not MTR, so you wouldn't even need to change the name.

And hiring people back for less money isn't going to happen.
  prwise Locomotive Driver

Not to mention the millions in profits which go offshore to their foreign owners, funded by taxpayers and fare payers.  That money should stay here, and be spent on maintenance, among other things.
Lad_Porter
There is nothing wrong with profits going overseas. It is simply a return on funds invested and/or risks taken. No different than BHP repatriating money back to Australia for money it has invested in ventures overseas. Has nothing to do with what is 'spent on maintenance'. That is subject to the contract specifications.
There was nothing to stop any Australian company having a crack and likewise making profits on money invested.
  hot-axle-box Junior Train Controller

Not to mention the millions in profits which go offshore to their foreign owners, funded by taxpayers and fare payers.  That money should stay here, and be spent on maintenance, among other things.
There is nothing wrong with profits going overseas. It is simply a return on funds invested and/or risks taken. No different than BHP repatriating money back to Australia for money it has invested in ventures overseas. Has nothing to do with what is 'spent on maintenance'. That is subject to the contract specifications.
There was nothing to stop any Australian company having a crack and likewise making profits on money invested.
prwise
Public transport isn't a business, we pay our taxes and fares for a public service to be run and what did jeff kennett do ? But John Brumby takes the cake as the coque that let MTR in, and I distinctly saw a thread in Railpage where someone warned us about MTR and what they are like. We shouldn't have to pay a third party to run our railway.