Train strike another blow to public transport

The State Liberals are urging the Weatherill Government and the Rail Tram and Bus Union to settle their long standing industrial dispute before next Wednesday’s planned strike that will shut down all train services for 3 hours.

“Adelaide’s rail network is already under-utilised and yet another strike will further damage public confidence in the reliability of the system,” said Shadow Minister Transport David Pisoni.


“It’s less than two weeks since the last industrial action inconvenienced commuters and just over four months since the Seaford line shut down for two days as a result of an electrical fault.


“The repeated strikes and faults plaguing Adelaide’s rail network have resulted in a travelling public wary of relying on trains despite taxpayers spending more than $2 billion to upgrade the network.


“Negotiations averted a planned train strike less than two weeks ago and hopefully that will be the case again.”


With the possibility of yet another shutdown of the rail network the State Liberals are demanding the Weatherill Government release the SA Rail Commissioner’s report into the cause of the electrical fault that shut down the Tonsley and Seaford railway lines for two days in late April.


“It’s now more than four months since tens of thousands of commuters were inconvenienced by an electrical fault yet they are none the wiser as to why the system was shut down for two days,” said Mr Pisoni.


“If the report is yet to be completed it indicates there are very serious problems facing the network.


“Commuters on the electrified rail network have the right to know if the service will need to be shut down again to properly fix the original fault.


“The Rail Commissioner promised a full investigation into the cause of the shutdown of the Seaford and Tonsley line after an initial report found two circuit breakers were the likely cause of the fault.


“Commuters on the Seaford, Tonsley and Grange railway lines have the right to know why they were stranded as a consequence of the failure of the electrified service and if they face future disruptions to the service.”