Tuesday, 7 July 2015
Speed restrictions on the Seaford line
Seaford Delays on Channel 7 News.
The State Liberals can reveal that there are 10 speed restrictions on the Seaford line due to track conditions alone, despite the Weatherill Labor Government spending more than $500 million on its upgrade.
A number of these restrictions are on the brand new section of the track from Noarlunga to Seaford.
There are further speed restrictions on the Seaford line due to a heat buckle and pedestrian and signal sightings.
"It is alarming that there are so many speed restrictions given the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on upgrading this line, all because this Government hasn't completed the project properly,” said Shadow Minister for Transport Corey Wingard.
“These speed restrictions impact on trains running on time.”
Earlier this year, Transport Department CEO, Michael Deegan, stated on the Adelaide Metro website:
Despite a small fortune spent by the government this line is not operating to the standard I expect (nor the standard expected by customers or the government)…I will endeavour to keep interruptions to a minimum but I will need to tweak the track in part.
"I understand that there are some sections of the Seaford line where the track is so rough that damage is being caused to the new electric trains,” said Mr Wingard.
“Passengers on the line have already put up with extended service closures and a number of delays over the past few years.
“There are already 110,000 fewer passengers travelling on the Noarlunga/Seaford line now compared to five years ago despite the Weatherill Labor Government spending more than half a billion dollars on upgrades and extensions.
"The Weatherill Labor Government is spruiking an unfunded tram line extension but have written off nearly $50 million of taxpayer funds by shelving the Gawler train electrification.
“Now we have more proof that the Government haven't completed the Seaford project they claim to have finished.
“South Australians deserve better."