Professional Engineers Australia’s Senior Organiser Claire Parfitt, spoke to ABC 702’s Linda Mottram this morning, to highlight the risks to safety as a result of cuts to engineering at Sydney Trains.
After a year of successive cuts at Sydney Trains, engineers had their worst safety concerns confirmed on Wednesday when passengers at Edgecliff experienced a metal bar exploding through the floor of a carriage and a subsequent derailment.
For many months, engineers have been expressing genuine concerns about increasing risks as a result of losing around 30 per cent of engineers across the Maintenance, Design and Customer Environment divisions.
Senior Organiser Claire Parfitt said that while she was relieved that no-one was seriously injured in the derailment.
“It is time for the Government to come to its senses and stop placing the public at risk. Safety is far more important than the budget bottom line.”
“This derailment reveals that Sydney Trains is in crisis. Engineers are stretched to breaking point and important work is being delayed.”
“In its budget cutting frenzy, the Government has effectively shirked its responsibility to provide safe, reliable train services and as we saw in this derailment, it is now exposing the traveling public and taxpayers to more risks and costs.”
(Interview provided here courtesy of ABC Radio 702)