Sustainable Transport

The Age video news bulletin: Ride trains at your own risk

By January 31, 2007No Comments

Melbourne’s rail network is in disarray amid the removal of 31 Siemens trains from service due to ongoing braking issues. Furthermore a senior transport official has told The Age that all of the 72 Siemens trains should be removed from service due to safety reasons.

As Melbourne’s rail passengers face worsening cancellations due to a shortage of rollingstock, The Age interviewed me as part of their video broadcast which explored how the latest debacle is affecting public transport users. These braking issues were first identified in 2004 and yet both the State Government and Connex failed to rectify these issues or to ensure that an adequate number of surplus trains were available.

Alex Makin

Alex Makin

Alex Makin is a councillor for the Mullum Ward in the City of Maroondah. Alex has been a councillor since 2005, representing ratepayers, businesses, community groups and residents. I aim to continue making a difference and welcome any thoughts you may have in regard to life, community and business in Maroondah. Phone: (03) 9870 8202 or 0408 311 645 Email:

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