Embattled Transport Minister Andrew Constance has presided over another shambolic night on Sydney’s train system.
Peak hour services were changed and delayed by up to 30 minutes because of a fire near Circular Quay station in the city at 9 am on Tuesday morning.
Shadow Minister for Transport Jodi McKay says it is clear that Minister Constance doesn’t have a Plan B when there is an incident on the trains.
Ms McKay says delays are understandable when there is a fire near the station, however, in this case the fire didn’t occur in the station and it was cleared by midday.
Yet seven hours later there are delays on many lines - not just the ones using Circular Quay - and thousands of commuters were stranded as they tried to get home.
Ms McKay says there has to be a contingency plan for incidents like this.
Last night’s shambles happened on the same day Mr Constance refused to explain the delay in the report on the previous meltdown on the train system in early January when the train network collapsed under his new timetable.
Following the public outrage Mr Constance promised a review by Sydney’s train chiefs would be ready by January 24th.
It is now almost three weeks overdue and nothing has appeared. Yesterday Minister Constance told Parliament that the report was still being worked on and it would be released in “due course”. Sydney’s commuting public deserves answers.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Transport Minister Jodi McKay
“Andrew Constance made a commitment that he would have a report into the meltdown within a fortnight but five weeks after his timetable sent the train system into chaos we have heard nothing.
“Mr Constance’s timetable continues to cause headaches for train commuters and if this report by senior bureaucrats reveals that it was under-resourcing that led to the meltdown then he needs to release it and cop the blame.
“Under his watch we have a train timetable that doesn’t work, a shortage of drivers and regular meltdowns of the trains system. He has lost control of the transport system and he needs to explain what he is doing to get things back on track.”