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IT took Connex months of examining its Siemens trains to understand why last November and January they began slipping past platforms.
Yet warnings have been sitting in government files for more than three years.
The original buyer of 61 trains, previous operator M>Train, warned both the State Government and Siemens of a braking problem in 2003.
M>train told Siemens it was a "significant safety risk and will not be tolerated".
But it was. These trains had gone into service on the basis of theoretical tests.
The contract signed by National Express, the owner of M>Train, had not specified minimum braking standards in the wet.
The persistence of problems after 2003 until last year's crisis points to a disturbing lack of communication from within the labyrinth of the transport bureaucracy.
The present operator, Connex, has suffered fines and passenger anger.
Passengers are entitled to ask why the Public Transport Division of the Department of Infrastructure did not follow through to fix the braking issue after M>Train left the scene.
The Government is deciding whether to buy 10 new trains worth $360 million.
Full article can be found at: Herald-Sun
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