Queensland Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad, has assured Gold Coasters there won’t be commuter chaos at next year’s Commonwealth Games, despite the latest drama with Queensland Rail’s controversial new trains.
Two investigations are underway after one of the new passenger trains was derailed during testing yesterday afternoon.
Ms Trad expects 15 of the new trains will be in operation by next March.
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She has dismissed suggestions that the new train was at fault.
“We do think the older train, the train that was shunting the new train, derailed first,” she said.
“There will be two full investigations into all aspects of this incident.”
The Government has blamed the former LNP Newman Government for signing the deal on the Indian made trains.
However, the opposition leader totally rejected the suggestion.
“Last year we heard the Transport Department say the trains were absolutely correct,” Tim Nicholls said.
“What’s happened in the meantime is that Jackie Trad has interfered, she’s changed the design on what was a good plan in delivering trains for South East Queensland.
“It’s become a botched failure under Labor.”