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The NSW opposition is asking the Government to explain why safety incidents on CityRail trains have more than doubled over the past two years.
More than 1,500 reportable safety incidents - classified as derailments, collisions, fires, explosions and people being hit by trains or falling - were recorded on the network in the eight months to August this year.
Fewer than half that number were reported at the same time in 2003, according to the CityRail figures.
So far in 2005 there have been 188 safety incidents a month on average, compared with 133 a month in 2004 and 82 a month in 2003.
Opposition transport spokesman Barry O'Farrell said this rate of about six safety incidents a day would be of deep concern to the 900,000 daily users of the CityRail system.
"The high number of safety problems recorded by CityRail is a key indicator of the level of danger on the rail network," Mr O'Farrell said.
The biggest increases over the past two years have been in the number of collisions, derailments, fires and explosions.
The number of people hit or falling in the first eight months of 2005 was higher than the total for all of 2003 and only just below the total for 2004.
Mr O'Farrell said the Government must halt the increases.
"(Transport Minister) John Watkins needs to explain to rail commuters why these figures are so high and why the numbers are rising rather than falling," he said.
The high number of incidents provided a compelling case for the Transport Safety Regulator to report directly to parliament, he said.
"The public of NSW needs to have confidence that these safety issues are being addressed."
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