Sydney trains review: phase one: initial report

The Panel reviewed an extensive set of performance data, covering safety, punctuality, train cancellations, incidents causing train delays, infrastructure and fleet maintenance, major infrastructure replacement and upgrades and workforce competency management. The data available demonstrates that the reliability and resilience of Sydney Trains’ operations has been fragile since the introduction of the new 2017 timetable. The timetable was designed to achieve maximum utilisation of the train network, in anticipation of growing patronage, but was far too tight to effectively maintain services, provide resilience following incidents and to give adequate access for maintenance of rail infrastructure. This poor performance was impacted, but not totally explained, by “black swan” events (such as the COVID pandemic, bushfires and floods). There was also a sudden and significant increase in the backlog of infrastructure inspections from mid-2021 to mid-2022 due to the impact of Protected Industrial Action (PIA). Network performance is not recovering. Under current projections of planned maintenance activity, the performance of Sydney Trains’ rail infrastructure is unlikely to improve. In fact, it is likely to worsen. There has been a focus on addressing safety critical and safety significant maintenance defects but under current projections (business as usual), the overall maintenance backlog will take a lengthy time to recover. Major works to replace assets or upgrade infrastructure are also behind planned activity levels but are recovering. This backlog in major works must be addressed to relieve pressure on the on-going maintenance of ageing assets.

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  • Accession Number: 01887096
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Limited
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 10 2023 9:10AM