Tram Breakdowns Are Not Good For Public Confidence

Tram Breakdowns Are Not Good For Public Confidence

South Australia Shadow Minister for Transport Steven Griffiths

Labor’s Shame Of Unreliable Trams

Victor P Taffa

This morning’s tram breakdown is the tenth since February 24th this year. The Transport Department cannot say how long the stoppages will last with some speculation that trams may not be working again for days.

Shadow Transport Minister Steven Griffiths said that this morning’s breakdown made a mockery of Labor’s latest announcement of more trams.

“Labor cannot even keep the existing trams running. How can South Australians trust them to deliver millions of dollars in new trams?” Mr. Griffiths asked.

“As Labor commits South Australian taxpayers to millions of dollars in more trams commuters are losing confidence in the transport network.”

“Where is the Transport Minister? – Fix it, Pat!” Mr. Griffiths said.

Breakdowns since February 24 2011:

  • 10 May 2011 – a train was derailed in the Adelaide Rail yards
  • 7 April 2011 – trains on the Oaklands line were delayed due to a switching problem in the Adelaide rail yards preventing trains being sent out.
  • 5 April 2011 – trams in the city lost power between 6.30 am and 8.10 am and then again at 8.30 am for several hours leaving many commuters stranded
  • 4 April 2011 – an electrical fire caused a tram to become stuck between King William Street and South Terrace blocking traffic and delaying other trams
  • 14 March 2011 – trams between Goodwood and Glenelg were interrupted because of a power cut delaying thousands of people on their way to WOMADelaide and the Adelaide Cup
  • 10 March 2011 – an electrical fault stopped trams running between the Adelaide Railway Station and the Entertainment Centre for more than seven hours
  • 2 March 2011 – tram services from Adelaide’s Entertainment Centre were delayed for after a tram lost power, causing chaos for commuters en route to work.
  • 24 February 2011 – angry commuters were left stranded after a train broke down on the Noarlunga line
  • 24 February 2011 – a crash between two trains at the Adelaide Railway Station caused transport chaos.