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Sydney's CBD light rail has resumed several hours after a tram broke down near Moore Park, shutting down services from Central to both Randwick and Kingsford.
The tram’s pantograph, which connects the vehicle to overhead wires, became detached close to 7am on Tuesday.
The tram that broke down near Moore Park on Tuesday. CREDIT:RAIL, TRAM AND BUS UNION
While services ran as normal between Circular Quay and Central at Chalmers Street, buses replaced trams from there on both the L2 Randwick and L3 Kingsford lines between 7am and 4.30pm.
"The damaged tram has returned to the Randwick depot for inspection and technicians are examining the overhead wires near Robertson Road as they search for the cause of the incident," a spokesman for operator Transdev said in a statement.
The spokesman said Transdev was still working to determine how the incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon.
"Transdev Sydney apologises to customers for the inconvenience and appreciates their patience whilst repairs are being made," the spokesman said. There were no passengers on the tram at the time of the incident and no staff were injured.
The scene of the incident on ANZAC Parade on Tuesday.CREDIT:RAIL, TRAM AND BUS UNION
Rail, Tram and Bus Union NSW division secretary David Babineau said the incident raised concerns over the safety of the CBD light rail.
"The wheels, or in this case what looks to be a light rail vehicle part, are falling off the light rail system only a few short years after it opened," he said.
"How did the NSW government spend more than $3 billion on a new light rail system only to have an incident like this happen?"
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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