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Speed restrictions are being imposed on at least 10 parts of the Seaford rail line due to poor track, the South Australian Opposition says.
The southern Adelaide line was extended and electrified, then reopened early last year so that commuters could ride beyond Noarlunga.
Opposition transport spokesman Corey Wingard said Transport Department documents obtained by the Opposition showed a number of the speed restrictions along the line.
"Speed restrictions on a track that is brand new really [aren't] acceptable to South Australian commuters," he said.
"On brand new sections of track where trains can go up to 110 kilometres an hour, the speed has been reduced by 30 kilometres an hour down to 80.
"That's just a couple of sections. There are others closer to the city where the speed has come down even more."
Mr Wingard said the restrictions affected both commuters and train drivers.
"There are some sections of the track as well that ride rough, that drivers and passengers tell me about that actually throw the train around quite a bit and that causes maintenance problems as well for the brand new [carriages] that the Government's purchased," he said.
"This project that the Government has spent all its money on it isn't complete.
"South Australians are paying the price because of that.
"Their trains aren't running as efficiently and as effectively as they should."
Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan said efforts were being made to improve the performance of rail services.
"We've put extra effort in the last few months to the Seaford line and in fact we've improved on-time running on the Seaford line and the time it takes to travel from Adelaide train station down to Seaford by nearly three minutes," he said.
"Of course we have speed restrictions on our train network in the same way we have speed restrictions on our road network.
"There are restrictions around pedestrian crossings, around train stations, around maintenance workers and around those areas where we will be doing maintenance."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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