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Media Release 11 April 2009

Queensland:  QR Passenger correctly acts with respect to the Cairns Tilt Train service suspension.

RAIL Back On Track (http://backontrack.org) a web based community support group for rail and public transport and an advocate for public transport commuters supports the action taken by QR Passenger to suspend services for the Cairns Diesel Tilt Train.  As inconvenient as it is, there are times when decisive action is needed when safety is involved.

Robert Dow, Spokesman for RAIL Back On Track said:

"QR Passenger have explained the basis for their decision in a statement released yesterday (1).

"The Minister for Transport further clarified in a statement that 'the specification, design and subsequent testing and construction of the Cairns Tilt Train locomotive' was the concern (2).

"It is completely understandable from our point of view that the Rail Safety Regulator as part of the investigation would seek to confirm that the locomotives did meet the specifications and undergo the appropriate testing when built.  After all, the B-double truck did hit the locomotive with sad loss of lives.

"RAIL Back On Track members, and we believe the broader community, supports the decision taken by QR Passenger to suspend the Diesel Tilt Train operations, however inconvenient.
 
"QR Passenger has also acted within the limits of their resources to provide alternative options for passengers inconvenienced.  This is also appreciated.

"This issue again highlights the  broader issue of rail crossing safety.  We call on all road users and pedestrians to obey signs and warning signals at rail crossings."

References:

1.  http://www.corporate.qr.com.au/Corporate/News_Room/Current/Press_releases/810.asp
2.  http://statements.cabinet.qld.gov.au/MMS/StatementDisplaySingle.aspx?id=63285

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