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The Australind Train has again been taken off the tracks, forcing Bunbury to Perth commuters onto buses and raising questions about when the State Government will deliver on its election promises.
The ageing train has been out of action for most of this year and after the service resumed last week, it was again out of use due to another electrical fault over the Easter weekend.
A Transwa spokesman said the train was expected to be back up and running on Thursday, but questions remain about when the more than 30-year-old train will be replaced.
A $30 million revitalised train from Bunbury to Perth was a big ticket item in Premier Mark McGowan and Bunbury MLA Don Punch’s election campaign.
The rail package included new carriages and a faster service for the iconic rail route, plus disability access for stations including Yarloop and Cookernup.
During the 2016 campaign, Mr McGowan said the first term commitment would also include planning works to move the train station closer to the CBD.
Responding to questions from the South Western Times as to why the train had not been replaced past the mid-way point of his term, Mr Punch said the train would be replaced and work was under way.
But South West MLC Colin Holt said the Government’s focus was on Metronet and the local solutions “that everyone’s waiting for” were not “getting a look in”.
“I think the Government has made some promises they’re finding hard to deliver,” Mr Holt said.
“Last I heard was the new carriages were going to be in place by 2020 – I’m not sure that solves the whole problem.
“I think there’s a lot of words given to the people at a time of an election and now that they’re in, we know where all the focus is – it’s on Metronet.”
Mr Punch said new diesel car trains were in the procurement process with a successful bid to be announced mid year and a number of station improvements had already taken place.
“The McGowan Labor Government is committed to all election commitments,” he said.
“Work is under way to meet these commitments but it is simply not possible to buy narrow gauge trains suitable for our needs off the shelf.
“(It) requires detailed development of required specifications for the Australind service and the Government is in the process of finalising procurement of the new train sets.
“Other election commitments associated with the Australind are either completed or under way.
“It was a Labor government that put the current train on the tracks in 1986 and it is a Labor government that will replace the train with a new one so that Bunbury can be served by a reliable and efficient train service.”
In the meantime, Transwa said twice-daily services were being operated by fully-accessible, five-star, luxury road coaches.
Passengers were advised to leave extra time to get to their destination because road services could not travel as quickly as the train and could be affected by traffic conditions.
“All passengers with existing bookings on the Australind were notified and given the option of a refund or postponing their travel if they did not wish to travel by coach,” the Transwa spokesman said.
This article first appeared on thewest.com.au
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