TRAINS WILL CONTINUE TO BE BUILT IN INDIA WITH A MAJOR DESIGN FLAW THAT WILL LATER FORCE THEM TO BE RIPPED APART AND FIXED IN QUEENSLAND AT A COST TO TAXPAYERS OF $100 MILLION.
The Newman Government may have ordered the new trains, but the designs would have had to be approved by QR and presumably the unions. Governments of any persuasion only operate on the advice they receive from so-called expert advisers, in this case QR. The current Government has had three years to sort out this mess, and it would seem it has only succeeded in making things worse. DesV Wouldn’t it be easier and cheaper to change the specs with the builder before they build any more? Ian Why do we need trains with toilets on most lines anyway? Daniel Until we elect a government with the courage and determination to break the union stranglehold on Queensland this will continue. Andy How much was saved by building them in India? This goes on all the time. In the resources industry, things are built overseas and then brought up to Australian standards. There are usually significant costs involved in the reworks. However, thousands of dollars are still saved. Jason Variations to contracts aren’t that easy to negotiate. It would probably cost more than doing the modifications here. Matt More taxpayers’ money squandered by incompetent public servants and politicians. Richard