Seem to be a lot of failures of Hardware, not thinking the union have
caused them but the timing is gold between Sydney trains, Transdev L1,2,3
On Thursday, 16 March 2023 at 17:47:19 UTC+11 TP wrote:
> How long between NSW elections and a usual flurry of pre-election
> political and union activity? Four years, funny coincidence. It's hard to
> get to the truth behind these little "exposes". For a start, is this NSW
> Fire and Rescue or is it the union? Maybe there was a list of issues (real
> or otherwise) four years ago, but it was filed away until the eve of the
> next election. No point bringing it up before that in case it gets
> resolved. Grievances need to be kept on the boil.
> Tony P
> On Thursday, 16 March 2023 at 15:49:29 UTC+11peterm...@... wrote:
>> How long has the metro been operating now? Nearly 4 years and they
>> should have had all this worked out BEFORE it opened?
>> On Wednesday, 15 March 2023 at 19:59:43 UTC+11 Greg Sutherland wrote:
>>> NSW’s fire agency will require triple the number of fire engines to be
>>> sent to incidents on Sydney’s multibillion-dollar Metro Northwest rail line
>>> after firefighters warned they will have difficulty accessing tunnels in
>>> Leaked minutes of a meeting with the private operator of the
>>> 36-kilometre Metro Northwest line
>>> show that specialist firefighters from the state’s rail emergency response
>>> unit raised concerns about “access strategies when responding to incidents”
>>> in the tunnels.
>>> [image: Commuters board a driverless train at Castle Hill station on the
>>> Metro Northwest line.]
>>> Commuters board a driverless train at Castle Hill station on the Metro
>>> Northwest line.Credit:Ben Symons
>>> The unease at the meeting in November centred on how to get large
>>> numbers of emergency workers and equipment into the line’s twin tunnels,
>>> which extend for more than 27 kilometres. The Metro Northwest line between
>>> Tallawong and Chatswood opened in 2019
>>> and incorporated the Epping-to-Chatswood link.
>>> A Sydney Metro official at the meeting, which included NSW Police and
>>> Fire and Rescue NSW, acknowledged that “everyone’s anxious” about the expansion
>>> of the metro network
>>> the minutes show.
>>> Several weeks ago Fire and Rescue NSW increased the required number of
>>> fire engines that will have to respond to an incident on the Northwest
>>> Metro from two to six appliances, as well as a duty commander.
>>> Fire Brigade Employees Union state secretary Leighton Drury said the
>>> need to increase the number of fire trucks and personnel highlighted
>>> firefighters’ concerns about a lack of suitable resources and plans for
>>> responding to emergencies and rescues in Sydney’s metro rail tunnels.
>>> “It is imperative that the state government and Sydney Metro provide
>>> firefighters the resources they need to protect the travelling public,” he
>>> The leaked minutes also reveal that an exercise at Central Station had
>>> “identified a gap in communication” about the roles of wardens during
>>> emergencies at so-called interchange stations at which both driverless
>>> metro and double-decker trains stop.
>>> Emergency procedures at interchange stations such as Chatswood and
>>> Epping need to be co-ordinated between the private operator of the metro
>>> line and the state-run Sydney Trains.
>>> Fire and Rescue NSW said the agency continually reviewed resourcing
>>> needs for critical infrastructure such as metro rail lines, “taking into
>>> consideration feedback provided from our firefighters, Sydney Metro and our
>>> other emergency management partners”.
>>> [image: Firefighters have raised concerns about accessing the metro rail
>>> tunnels in an emergency.]
>>> Firefighters have raised concerns about accessing the metro rail tunnels
>>> in an emergency.Credit:Flavio Brancaleone
>>> Unlike the Sydney Trains network, Metro Northwest does not have a
>>> dedicated emergency response unit similar to the one based at Central
>>> Station, which keeps watch over the underground rail network
>>> in the CBD used by double-decker trains. The unit operates fire trucks
>>> fitted with wheels that can run on rail tracks to get to incidents quickly,
>>> as well as battery-powered track trolleys to transport equipment and
>>> emergency workers along lines.
>>> Sydney Metro said in a statement that the Northwest line had been
>>> designed to “allow fast, safe, high-capacity” trains to be used to access
>>> emergency incidents from an adjacent tunnel.
>>> Related Article
>>> [image: A cross-passage on the Metro City and Southwest rail line.]
>>> Sydney Metro https://www.smh.com.au/topic/sydney-metro-1ml9
>>> Major backflip on emergency exits for Sydney Metro rail tunnels
>>> “This provides a much faster response than track trolleys, which move at
>>> very slow speeds,” the agency said.
>>> “Metro systems have a very high level of fire and life safety provisions
>>> designed into the network and require a different approach to managing
>>> incidents compared to traditional rail systems.”
>>> Metro Trains Sydney, the private consortium led by Hong Kong’s MTR
>>> that operates the Northwest line, said access to the tunnels could be
>>> gained at shafts that could be opened remotely for emergency workers.
>>> “These access points are located approximately every 240 metres of each
>>> tunnel, enabling emergency services to access the tunnels and bring in
>>> equipment as required,” Metro Trains Sydney chief executive Daniel Williams
>>> A report for Transport for NSW in 2018 – a year before the Northwest
>>> Metro opened – said the operator of the new line would need to provide its
>>> emergency response unit with “capabilities equivalent” to that of the
>>> firefighting team based at Central for Sydney Trains.
>>> However, Williams said that, unlike some rail networks, a dedicated
>>> response unit was not needed for the Metro Northwest line due to the line’s
>>> “modern design and safety features”.
>>> Fire and Rescue NSW deputy commissioner Jeremy Fewtrell said the agency
>>> was working closely with Sydney Metro to ensure the safety of firefighters,
>>> commuters and railway staff.
>>> “We are committed to making sure there are workable solutions to any
>>> safety issues identified, and we are in regular contact with Sydney Metro
>>> and the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator to achieve this,” he