Again? Why are brand new Auckland trains breaking down so much?

by Daniel Woo via Twitter

by Daniel Woo via Twitter

Auckland commuters are once more experiencing problems getting in and out of the city’s main train station during the breakfast rush hour.

Auckland Transport spokesman Mark Hannan said some train services were stopping at Newmarket and passengers were being ferried by bus to the downtown Britomart station.

Multiple services across the rail network were now cancelled or finishing at Newmarket or The Strand.

Auckland Transport said all trains on the Onehunga Line had been suspended. Some trains had been cancelled on the Eastern Line.

Commuters were advised to take the bus or travel by train to Penrose on the still operating section of the Southern Line then transfer on to a shuttle bus to get into the city.

This is just absurd. It has all the hallmarks of a service that’s been cobbled together and doesn’t actually work properly.

Auckland Transport said the delays were caused by a track fault, which occurred at 6.40am

A track fault.

From British Rail:

The rail network is divided into sections with each forming a separate electric circuit which provides a vital function: they allow signallers to “see” where the train is.

They use this to make sure trains keep a safe distance apart. When a track circuit fails we have to stop trains until alternative signalling arrangements are introduced or the problem is fixed.

Track circuits can fail for many reasons, from flood water causing a short circuit to a layer of crushed leaves insulating the wheels from the track, preventing the axle from completing the circuit, effectively making the train invisible to the signaller.

So basically put, the train operators go blind and they can’t afford for anything to move on their tracks because it risks trains crashing into things – like other trains.

Another fine mess you got us into there, Len.

And you want more money to make even more of this sort of reliable public transport, I take it?


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