It was hot in Melbourne yesterday, 37C or something like 100F. Thankfully we don't get too many days like this in summer but we do get a few. But it seems that this is an extraordinary event for our train system, seeming like it has never been experienced before. Power supplies fell down, tracks buckled, air con units failed. A total of 28 evening peak trains cancelled, many people who could not fit onto a train and one train load of passengers delayed for two hours plus.
Being a person of experience in a vaguely related area, I believe it was pretty well only air con units failing, reinforced by Daniel's comment on this post, in response to mine (ha Daniel, better you don't acknowledge my comments, lest you get quoted).
Buckling tracks either cause trains to go slow, or to not run at all. Slow going would not cause so many cancellations. Power supplies knocked out by heat??? New one to me.
Air conditioning failure and poor maintenance of such is the only thing that makes any sense to me, and for that the blame can be fairly laid at the feet of the operator of the trains, Connex. This is perhaps only slightly ameliorated by the fact that the tracks, the power supply and the trains are all government owned, so the government is ultimately responsible.
Great to see some buck passing happening......not the government's fault, says transport minister. Not Connex's fault says Connex spokesperson who goes on to moan about ageing government infrastructure. Minister Kosky and Connex are only going through the motions. They both know that they are for the chop very soon.
Points, a la as The Age has started inserting in their online editions.
Trains and trams and infrastructure are pretty well government owned. Blame the government, not the operator.
Trains and trams are operated by private companies. It follows, minimise expenditure, maximise profits. The operators are employed by the government, so if the operators don't perform, then blame the government.
The State Opposition Liberal Party can bang on all they like about how little the government has done for public transport over the last ten years, and they may well have a valid point, but who screwed it up in the first place, resulting in innumerable private companies operating our public transport, umpteen different types of trains maintenance companies and ditto for trams.
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