“We were hoping to get some clarity today by meeting with the ministers at 9 am. They have now canceled that meeting,” Claassens said. “We want meaningful negotiations to resume.”
The union claims that the new trains are not safe to run because guards can not look properly out of them to check that the platforms are free on approach and departure from the stations.
the fleet, who started arriving in Sydney more than two years agohas been sitting in sheds at a cost of $ 30 million a month for taxpayers, according to the government.
The cost of modifying the new trains is expected to run into the hundreds of millions of dollars.
The NSW budget papers show that the total cost of the intercity train fleet is “under revision”, indicating that they will increase well above $ 2.88 billion.
Transport for NSW said in a statement that the final cost of the new intercity fleet project was subject to the ongoing negotiations on the new company agreement.
However, the agency said the project was still within its $ 2.8 billion budget, which includes the cost of 610 new wagons, power supply upgrades, network activating plants and the design and construction of the new maintenance facility at Kangy Angy on the central coast.
The latest breakdown in negotiations comes after Sydney’s entire rail network was closed on 21 February, triggering days of transport chaos for commuters.
Transport Secretary David Elliott and Staff Minister Damien Tudehope have been contacted for comment.