Answers to parliamentary written questions from Phil Tywford give a worrying view about the state of Auckland rail network. Over the past year there have been 454 signalling and 241 points faults across the network which is almost 2 per day. Now I am fully aware we are currently in the process of upgrading the network including installing a brand new, state of the art system however this number seems amazingly high. This is especially when you consider that the new system has already been installed across a large amount of the network but also when you compare the results to the same ones from a few years ago when we were also in the middle of duplicating the Western line. Here is the answer from the last time the question was asked:
Question: How does the number of points or signal failures on the Auckland rail system over the past year compare to previous years?
Answer Text: KiwiRail has advised the following:
Apr 07 – Jan 08 (10 months) 144
Feb 08 – Jan 09 (12 months) 214
Feb 09 – Jan 10 (12 months) 172
Apr 07 – Jan 08 (10 months) 288
Feb 08 – Jan 09 (12 months) 267
Feb 09 – Jan 10 (12 months) 234
Somehow we have gone from having 406 signal faults a year in 2009-2010 to having 695 over the last year. What I want to know is why do things appear to be getting worse and what is being done to fix these issues permanently. It is also worth pointing out that our cousins to the South don’t fare much better, they have had 554 signal and 101 point faults in the last year.