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Queensland Rail's new trains have started to arrive in Brisbane from their Indian manufacturer, but testing has revealed a plethora of design faults.
Thirteen of the 75 ordered have been delivered over the past year, but the Government has stopped any more coming until the issues are rectified.
On-track testing in Queensland has uncovered problems with braking, air-conditioning, ventilation, sightlines for train drivers, and disability access.
The total cost of the project is $4.4 billion.
Who is to blame for the problems? That depends who you ask.
Newman government ministersThe Newman government ordered the trains from the Bombardier-led consortium called Qtectic in January 2014, saying at the time they were coming in at half the price the previous government paid for rollingstock.
PHOTO: Mr Nicholls (left) and Mr Emerson were responsible for the project under the former LNP government. (ABC News)
Current Deputy Premier and Transport Minister Jackie Trad said the problems were in the designs that were originally submitted by Bombardier.
"They provided the detailed design [and] based on the tender they won — that work was approved by the Newman government" Ms Trad said.
"Those detailed designs were approved by the Newman government and they signed the contract."
A spokesperson for Newman government ministers Scott Emerson and Tim Nicholls accepted they were ultimately responsible for the project at the time, but said the project changed under Labor.
Labor's transport ministers
PHOTO: Ms Trad and Mr Hinchliffe have been blamed for add-ons to the original design. (ABC News)
Opposition transport spokesman Andrew Powell said the Palaszczuk Government's former and current transport ministers Stirling Hinchliffe and Ms Trad are at fault because modifications were made to the design the LNP had approved.
"They've put guard cubbyhouses back in at the insistence of the union, and that is one of the reasons we're having significant delays," Mr Powell said.
"They've altered those specifications and they've not been open and transparent on whether those changes are what's causing the delay."
The bureaucratsOpposition Leader Tim Nicholls has also pointed the finger at two bureaucrats who headed up Projects Queensland and the Transport Department at the time the deal was signed.
"We took advice from people like Dave Stewart and Neil Scales, Queensland Rail, the Department of Transport, and made sure we were delivering value for money for Queenslanders," he said.
PHOTO: Mr Scales (left) and Mr Stewart are under heat from the Opposition LNP over the deal. (ABC News)
Mr Stewart is now the director-general of the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Mr Scales has been the director-general of Transport and is currently the acting chief executive of Queensland Rail.
Ms Trad expressed her confidence in Mr Scales.
"I have confidence [he] is working around the clock to ensure these trains are safe to operate," Ms Trad said.
A spokesperson for the Opposition said the LNP questioned the advice it was given on the design in a number of detailed meetings.
"We wanted to be sure the design recommended by Projects Queensland, DTMR [Department of Transport and Main Roads] and Queensland Rail was the best deal for commuters and taxpayers."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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