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A technical blunder has meant the Andrews Government’s prized fleet of new regional trains have been built too heavy for the tracks they run on.
In the 2017-18 state Budget, the government allocated more than $300 million towards a run of 39 VLocity carriages, but staff receiving the order from Bombardier discovered the first services to arrive were overweight.
The front of the train was made heavier for crash protection, included for the hundreds of kangaroos passenger services hit every year, and extra seats were also included.
But engineers weight-testing the trains have been forced to try stripping back parts of the carriages in a bid to bring them within strict guidelines for regional tracks.
The government’s head of rolling stock development at the time the trains were delivered has since left the department as part of a major overhaul of the transport bureaucracy. She began a new job this month as managing director of Bombardier Transportation Australia — the company that builds the VLocity carriages. It is expected Bombardier will be responsible for fixing the carriages, which are not currently used on the network, and covering any additional costs.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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