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Auckland Mayor Len Brown says it is time to review the location of the country's train control system following a problem in Wellington that disrupted Auckland trains last night.
Massive delays were caused to Auckland's suburban rail network during rush hour yesterday after a power outage shut down KiwiRail's National Train Control Centre in Wellington, affecting thousands of commuters. Wellington trains were unaffected by the outage.
Brown said the question now needs to be asked whether to move the control centre to Auckland.
He said train control centre, which looks after the system for the whole of New Zealand, was moved to Wellington as part of the project to electrify Auckland's suburban rail network.
"It went down there [Wellington] many years ago for the purposes of rationalisation and simplicity of use and operation," he told ONE News.
"Is it time to bring the rail control system back into Auckland, particularly when we're getting such a huge amount of emphasis and spending so much on a massive rail upgrade."
He said technology needs to be up to date before any relocation.
"Underlying this is the fact we have to make sure we have the technology right, to make sure that system runs without failure," he said.
KiwiRail has since apologised for the disruptions.
Brown said "the buck stops with" KiwiRail chief executive Jim Quinn.
A report from Kiwirail into the incident released today said the existing power system design was not robust enough and they were taking immediate steps to minimise the chance of another outage.
An independent review of the system will be undertaken.
This article first appeared on tvnz.co.nz
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