Transport Minister hits back at calls for resignation over rail chaos
NSW Transport Minister, Andrew Constance, has rejected calls for his resignation over recent train chaos.
Rail commuters faced further turmoil during the peak morning rush today with a cracked track to blame.
A tonne and a half of rail track had to be cut out and replaced, during this morning’s rail network breakdown on the City Circle.
The urgent repair works were carried out on a section of cracked track between Town Hall and Wynard, causing major delays for commuters with many running about half an hour behind schedule.
The repairs also caused a flow-on effect to other services, causing further delays.
Our Speno ultrasonic testing train detected this crack in the rail at Town Hall this morning, preventing it from resulting in a much more serious broken rail. Crews are hard at work and expect to have the crack repaired soon. We appreciate your patience pic.twitter.com/NTXFYmTuza
— Trains Info (@TrainsInfo) August 26, 2018
Sydney Trains Chief Executive Howard Collins says the issue was fixed within five hours.
However, NSW Opposition leader, Luke Foley, is calling on Mr Constance to resign over the delays, which follows a string of rail chaos last week.
When asked by Ben Fordham if he plans on resigning, Mr Constance says, “No, I’m going to continue to invest record levels in transport and put our customers first and continue to focus on customer safety.
“I’ll just say this to Luke Foley. If we hadn’t have made that decision this morning and there was a train derailment with thousands of people on the network, imagine what the story would be tonight.”
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To add to the bad news for commuters, we’ve seen leaked government documents around today that reveal light rail customers can expect further delays and a crush capacity by 2021.
“Well, it is going to require more investment into the future because of the growth of the light rail… everyone loves that service.
“This is the thing about the light rail when you build it everyone gets on it,” Mr Constance tells Ben.
Image: Twitter /@TrainsInfo