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A damning report from Victoria's ombudsman has found there has been inadequate maintenance of the safety infrastructure on the Melbourne underground rail loop for much of the past ten years.
It found the problems were identified in seven engineering reports over 11 years.
More than 700 train services travel through all four underground tunnels and an estimated 130,000 people use the three loop stations.
The ombudsman says a major incident could pose considerable risks for commuters, people in the stations and those in the buildings above them.
The report recommends an independent safety audit and an upgrade of safety training for drivers and station staff.
The report raises particular concern about Melbourne Central, saying in the event of an underground fire, smoke could spread throughout the shopping complex.
The report also says since the ombudsman's investigation began, Public Transport Victoria has started a comprehensive works program to boost safety.
Mr Mulder was not aware of the problems until a whistleblower raised the safety concerns.
He says he demanded answers from his department.
"I got information in relation to some of the issues in the loop, but I didn't get the comprehensive and complete story. And that is disappointing."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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