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South Australia Shadow Minister for Transport Steven Griffiths

Labor’s Public Transport System Is Off The Rails

Victor P Taffa

Labor has lost control of South Australia’s public transport system as commuters again brace themselves for major service disruptions tomorrow.

Train drivers throughout Adelaide are embroiled in a pay dispute and will walk off the job between 9 am and 3 pm disrupting all metropolitan train services.

Labor are at odds with the Rail, Tram and Bus Union who will be conducting a four-hour stop work meeting tomorrow for increased wages and to reinstate long service leave entitlements for train workers.

Shadow Minister for Transport Steven Griffiths said it is no wonder that commuters have lost faith in our public transport system.

“Instead of encouraging people to use public transport, Labor’s mismanagement is proving catching a train, bus or tram in Adelaide is an unreliable option.” Mr. Griffiths said.

“It is clear that Labor’s union mates are fed up are no longer listening.”

“South Australian commuters are suffering at the hands of Labor’s neglect and it is completely unacceptable.”

Tomorrow’s disruption will be the eleventh within our rail and tram network since February:

  • 16 May 2011 – tram breakdown affecting city commuters
  • 10 May 2011 – a train was derailed in the Adelaide Rail yards
  • 7 April 2011 – trains on the Oaklands line was 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 chaos

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