News

October 30, 2013

SYDNEY LIGHT RAIL: FULL SERVICES RESTORED

Services were suspended and then operating as a partial service following two minor derailments earlier in October.

The interim investigation and analysis by GHD, the independent engineering firm engaged by Transdev Sydney to conduct the investigation, identified that a recently-replaced section of track, coupled with a lack of rail lubrication, caused excessive wheel wear.

Work has been carried out on the light rail vehicles’ wheels, along with critical track modifications. These modifications have undergone extensive testing and verification to ensure services can restart safely.

With these issues now rectified, approvals have been obtained to restart full Sydney Light Rail services.

Matt Baynie, Deputy Managing Director of Transdev Sydney, said: "Both the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) and Transport for NSW have given approval for Transdev Sydney to recommence a full light rail service between Central and Lilyfield.

"They were satisfied that the cause has been identified and rectified, and so too can our customers be. We will, however, continue to monitor conditions, and daily track and vehicle inspections will be ongoing.

"We thank our loyal customers and local residents for their patience and understanding. We acknowledge that it has taken some time to restore full service."

A scheduled partial closure of the network, related to the light rail extension, will proceed this weekend as planned. Customers can continue to check network status updates on transportnsw.info or by phoning 131 500.

 

Transdev Sydney Media
Operators of Sydney Light Rail 

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