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Rail repairs underway in Qld following commuter chaos
08/06/2012 - Work is underway to fix rail network problems that sparked commuter chaos in Brisbane earlier this year.
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The two incidents disrupted 297 train services, including 124 cancellations, and led to the lowest peak on-time running in almost three years.
On February 28, a clamp caused a power surge on the network, and trains could not enter the CBD. The result was gridlock on the city's roads.
On March 14, vegetation came into contact with overhead wires and cut power at Roma Street and Milton stations.
Transport Minister Scott Emerson says work is underway to fix the problems, amid a broader inspection program aimed at heading-off further woes for commuters.
He took aim at the former Labor government saying that before the February 28 incident, it had knocked back a Queensland Rail request for money to make switch and other repairs.
Before the March 14 disruption, a routine inspection had also warned the vegetation was a hazard but nothing was done, he said.
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