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Investigation finds track inspection failures ‘systemic’ across Sydney Trains network

May 3, 2017News

Inadequate inspections and maintenance of rail tracks have been “systemic” across the Sydney Trains network, transport safety investigators have warned. Read more in the Sydney Morning Herald. Read More »

Sydney Trains missing strength ratings for 200 rail bridges

Apr 17, 2017News

The system Sydney Trains uses to monitor the strength of the state’s rail bridges was missing information for more than 200 structures, according to news reports in the Sydney Morning Herald.  Here at the Loco […] Read More »

Hundreds of children nearly fall to their death at train stations across Sydney

Apr 11, 2017News

Hundreds of children have come within a whisker of death after plunging through the gap between trains and platforms at Sydney’s stations, the Daily Telegraph reports. RTBU NSW Secretary Alex Claassens said: “Station staff and train […] Read More »

Labor fires privatisation and safety warning amid rail asset overhaul

Apr 5, 2017News

NSW Labor has raised safety and privatisation concerns about a proposed overhaul of management of the state’s rail assets. The proposed changes, introduced into Parliament last week by Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, would move rail assets […] Read More »

Recent assaults leave Victorian rail workers fearful

Mar 13, 2017News

Recent assaults on V/LINE conductors have left rail workers in Victoria fearing for their safety and sparked a call from the RTBU for self-defence, first aid and conflict resolution training and a state-funded safety campaign. […] Read More »

NIF update: Loco Division opposes DOO in its entirety

Mar 2, 2017News

Locomotive Division Passenger Vice President Dan Leece and Intercity Divisional Councillor Mick Bindley have been conducting a joint tour of NSW Trains’ inter-city depots with NSW Branch Secretary, Alex Claassens and a representative from the […] Read More »

Nine arrests in one night in Illawarra

Feb 23, 2017News

Last Saturday nine people were arrested for transport offences in just nine hours in the Illawarra. Police also gave nine ‘move on’ directions, issued 55 rail infringement notices and gave four field court attendance notices […] Read More »

Shift length breaches and your safety

Feb 17, 2017News

Over recent weeks there has been a marked increase of reports of Train Crew breaching their shift limits and Rail Safety Legislation Limits. Read the Newsflash here. Read More »

Bill would require two-person crews on US freight trains

Jan 18, 2017News

Attempts by governments and private companies to cut costs by cutting corners on railroad safety are not unique to Australia – they are happening all around the world. In the US there is a push […] Read More »

Tragic afternoon on the tracks

Jan 16, 2017News

Yesterday was a horrific day with two pedestrians being hit by trains in separate incidents. According to media reports, a woman in Melbourne’s northwest was killed and another pedestrian is in a critical condition after being hit […] Read More »

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