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MASTER keys to railway corridors across the network and Adelaide station could have fallen into the wrong hands after being copied.
The original key — used by emergency response railway and maintenance staff — can unlock padlocked gates and fences into rail corridors across Adelaide and allows people access on to the track including areas with high-voltage overhead wires.
A source said they did not understand why those specific keys were copied but said some employees feared other high-level security keys may have also been duplicated.
Another key which can open areas at the Adelaide railway station was also copied but it unclear what areas it allows access to.
The Transport Department confirmed it is investigating allegations the keys were distributed after a staffer had allegedly copied an access key and given it to a colleague in mid-December.
“There are no safety issues associated with the allegations raised,” a departmental spokesman said.
“(The department) also referred the matter to SAPOL which determined no offence has been committed.”
The Advertiser understands both employees involved in the matter have remained at work while the investigation is under way.
Opposition Transport spokesman David Pisoni said the results of any investigation into the matter needed to be made public.
“To protect public safety we need to know whether other duplicates have been made,” he said.
Mr Pisoni accused the State Government of cutting corners with security throughout the rail network.
“This entire situation could have been avoided if the state Labor Government had not installed a security system on the cheap,” he said.
“In this day and age you can buy secure locking systems with coded keys.
“Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan must reorganise his priorities (and) scrimping on equipment when people’s safety is at stake should not be one of them.”
Mr Mullighan denied there were any safety issues.
This article first appeared on www.adelaidenow.com.au
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