Australia Train network delays, buses called in after overhead-line issues

05:21  08 july  2018
05:21  08 july  2018 Source:   brisbanetimes.com.au

Sydney's most expensive mistake: Archive photos show how trams connected the city's west, north and eastern beaches before they were scrapped - as taxpayers fork out $2.1billion on the new rail network

  Sydney's most expensive mistake: Archive photos show how trams connected the city's west, north and eastern beaches before they were scrapped - as taxpayers fork out $2.1billion on the new rail network The network was the second-biggest in the Commonwealth, behind London, until it was ripped out in the 1960s in favour of investment in buses and roads. Spanish company Acciona signed a $2.1 billion contract in 2014 to construct a new light rail network in Sydney - but the project has been beset with problems.Construction is behind schedule as workers are pictured playing on their phones and falling asleep while the rest of the city is stuck in gridlock traffic. 1/8 SLIDES © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Incredible archive photographs show how the system connected all parts of the city.

An overhead line or overhead wire is used to transmit electrical energy to trams, trolleybuses or trains . It is known variously as: Overhead contact system (OCS). Overhead line equipment (OLE or OHLE).

Metrorail technicians have repaired overhead equipment after a “snag” resulted in a fire on a train carriage at Trains on the Cape Flats line were affected, with Metrorail reporting delays of more than an hour on the line because of the fire. Martin Amidu to investigate Freddie Blay over 275 buses .

There are 20-minute delays across the network and hour-long delays for commuters catching replacement buses. © Glenn Hunt - AAP There are 20-minute delays across the network and hour-long delays for commuters catching replacement buses. All trains on the south-east Queensland network are experiencing 20-minute delays and buses have been called in to replace affected services as overhead power line issues cause commuter headaches.

A Queensland Rail spokeswoman said the power issues began at about 8.30pm on Saturday between Central and Roma Street stations in Brisbane and were still affecting the network on Sunday.

The spokeswoman said some train were being re-routed and buses were replacing trains between Roma Street and Moorooka, departing from rail replacement bus stops.

Hour-long delays were expected for replacement buses and a single-train shuttle was running between South Brisbane and Moorooka.

Beenleigh and Gold Coast services were also running express in both directions between Roma Street and Moorooka via the Tennyson loop.

Cleveland services were also running express in both directions between Roma Street and Buranda via the Tennyson loop, stopping only at Yeerongpilly station.

New plan to transform notorious Sydney road .
Rapid double-decker buses will run every few minutes along Parramatta Road in a new plan to transform one of the most notorious stretches of road in Sydney. 9NEWS can reveal the NSW Government is finalising plans to run a "turn up and go" service from Homebush to around Central Station, similar to the B-Line on the Northern Beaches. One lane in both directions on Parramatta Road will be dedicated to the new bus service.

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