It seems that Len Brown’s much vaunted new electric trains are in fact a dog.
Auckland’s flash new electric trains have been grounded by power faults which are mystifying the region’s transport authority.
Four of the state-of-the-art Spanish-built trains were disabled in one stroke this week due to power failure.
They have been replaced on the Onehunga-Britomart run since Tuesday by their diesel predecessors, and Auckland Transport says it could take several more days to identify and fix the problem.
But Auckland Council infrastructure chairman Mike Lee says the “bizarre and unacceptable” irony is the old diesels are running at faster speeds than the electric trains were allowed to reach.
The trouble has struck just weeks before more trains in what will ultimately be a 57-strong fleet costing the council and the Government $540 million are due to start running between Manukau and Britomart via the eastern line through Panmure and Glen Innes.