The worst kind of train delay


There’s more turmoil over the delivery of a brand new fleet of trains for South East Queensland.

They should have been on the tracks here, by now.

But the Transport minister says she’s determined to resolve the series of embarrassing setbacks.

Charlotte Tully reports.

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It’s the latest in a long line of delays for Queensland Rail, with no signs that its new trains will arrive anytime soon.

The Transport Minister says she’s doing all she can to speed up delivery.

Jackie Trad, Transport Minister: “What we have done is we have made sure that there is a clear process of resolving the issues that are outstanding in terms of the new generation rolling stock.”

Payment for the fleet will not begin until they are fit for Queensland’s rail network.

Jackie Trad, Transport Minister: “As soon as the trains have undergone all of the appropriate testing, have passed all the appropriate testing regimes and they are approved to run on our network.”

She says the trains are vital to meet the growing demand of the state’s commuters.

Fifteen of the 75 trains have arrived in Brisbane and are undergoing maintenance checks.

It is hoped they will be up and running by next year’s Commonwealth Games.

The Government’s working with those responsible for supplying the new fleet to speed up the process.

Jackie Trad, Transport Minister: “We are working through them collaboratively with both QTECTIC and Bombardier and we hope to get these trains on our network.”

Annastacia Palaszczuk, Qld Premier: “I am going to fight tooth and nail to get this project up.”

At this stage, the government is not seeking compensation for the delay.

Charlotte Tully, QUT News.


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