Public Transport Victoria forum hears call for more Maryborough train services
State Government Commits to Developing Rail Infrastructure for Victoria
Horsham residents to be quizzed about future use of dormant rail corridor land
No choppers here: Malcolm Turnbull takes the train to Geelong
Opposition Leader Matthew Guy backs Melbourne Airport rail link
Jail time for train threats to Vline Staff
Premier Daniel Andrews hears efforts to address Central Goldfields disadvantage, push for more Maryborough trains
The Inland Rail Link Melbourne to Brisbane a Similar Case as the RAA's Bendigo - Geelong Rail Link
North-West Rail Alliance urges more council support amid push for return of Mildura passenger rail
Grampians Rail Trail: Shire calls for community to step up and manage facility
The train operator Connex has taken old Hitachi trains out of service because of rust problems, but denies it will put an additional squeeze on services.
The Hitachi trains were scrapped in 2002 but the government bought back seven of them last year to deal with a shortage in rolling stock.
Connex says only two of the old trains are currently being used.
Connex spokesman, John Rees, says some rust found under the floor of the trains could affect their structural integrity.
"We need to actually go through the entire train fleet of Hitachis, see what the situation is and then make an assessment about that," he said.
"So we're not exactly 100 per cent certain how far it's gone, but we'll investigate."
The latest problems on train network will put more pressure on the Government, which is holding a transport summit today.
The Government has also been forced to defend itself against claims it ignored a 2003 report predicting the current patronage boom that's led to chronic overcrowding.
The Public Transport Minister, Lynne Kosky, says the growth in passengers is unprecedented, but the Government's tackling the problems.
"Obviously with the incredible surge in patronage, we are now bringing forward a lot of the projects and have to analyse what we want going forward over the next 30 years in public transport," she said.
Train driver shortage
The State Opposition has raised concerns over a shortage drivers adding to Connex's woes.
The Opposition's Transport spokesman Terry Mulder says documents show the government has planned to work with a driver shortage in 2008.
"We have also had documents in the past that show train services have been cancelled due to a lack of drivers," he said.
He says current staffing isn't enough to cover shifts when drivers don't show for work.
But Connex says there is no operational deficit of train drivers.
"We have all the drivers we need to operate the service at the level that meets scheduling," Mr Rees said.
Connex plans to bring more than 200 extra services on line and says it will have 711 drivers by the end of the year.
About this website
Railpage version 3.10.0.0037
All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all the rest is © 2003-2019 Interactive Omnimedia Pty Ltd.
You can syndicate our news using one of the RSS feeds.