Fast train

November 13, 2006

Will the Victorian government place speed cameras along the rail network? The Age found out that the trains on the high speed line can drive faster than allowed. The V/Locity railcars were specifically tested at speeds of up to 176 km/h, while the railway network was certified for a maximum speed of 160 km/h. The tolerance of 10% is said to be normal, but the government and V/Line could face legal action if an accident happen.

“Transport Minister Peter Batchelor and V/Line both deny the V/Locity railcars ever exceed 160 km/h”, writes The Age. And V/Line adds: “The fast rail timetable was designed on 160 km/h running and if trains were travelling over that speed they would be operating ahead of schedule”.

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