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COMMUTERS just want to get from A to B as fast as possible. But across Australia, rail travellers are frequently departing A and then just stopping — sometimes for hours on end.
Our busiest rail networks are breaking down leaving exhausted passengers crammed together, dehydrated, or even in total darkness while transport bosses struggle to get the system running again.
This weekend, trains on a slew of Melbourne lines came to a grinding halt just as racegoers were heading to the Turnbull stakes.
Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) spokesman Daniel Bowen told news.com.au rail networks were not up to “21st century standards”, meaning minor glitches could fast become major delays.
Passengers are forced to climb off the train after an electrical surge on August 3, 2017. Picture: AAP Image/Joe Castro.Source: AAP
“It’s a sign that not all is well on the train system if you have the sort of signalling and control room breakdowns that results in major disruption like this,” Mr Bowen said.
But Melbourne’s train operator Metro says trains, “have never been more reliable”.
On Saturday, trains on four Melbourne lines suddenly stopped just as extra services to Flemington were scheduled to crank up to ferry punters to the racecourse.
Metro said it was an isolated incident caused by a maintenance vehicle being out of position in the rail corridor.
One passenger stuck on a train told news.com.au that Metro had “just made an announcement that they basically won’t be able to fix anything within an hour or so”.
A crowded Flinders St Station in Melbourne following a network outage. Picture: Cheryl Critchley. Source: Supplied
Melburnians could be forgiven for being exasperated as the unscheduled train failure and network stoppages pile up.
There’s even a hashtag so commuters can vent their anger on social media: #metrofail.
In August, peak hour passengers were forced to evacuate a train when an electrical fault caused a spark so big some thought an explosion had set the train on fire. The Fire Brigade said it was an “overhead wire issue”.
That incident was nothing compared to the great rail shutdown of July 13 2017.
At the start of the evening commute every single train in Melbourne stopped in its tracks due to a “computer fault”.
Passengers forced to sit on the floor of a stranded Metro train on Melbournes' City Loop. Picture: Gaurav Mehra. Source:Supplied
Some passengers were stuck in tunnels in stifling conditions. Metro was forced to plead with commuters stuck between stations not to attempt to open the doors of their train.
Last year, regional VLine services were thrown into chaos when the trains were banned from suburban tracks because it was revealed some were failing to properly activate level crossing gates.
This article first appeared on www.news.com.au
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