Australia: TasRail Tracks 'Past Use by Date'

The chairman of TasRail has told a parliamentary hearing the state's rolling stock is in such a condition he "wouldn't wish it on his worst enemy."

There have been eight train derailments in Tasmania since July last year and Tasrail's Chairman Bob Annells was not trying to play down the situation at yesterday's hearing.

He said most of the tracks were built in the late 1800s and are well past their use by date.

Annells said 355 bridges need repairs and the condition of the rolling stock ranges from "fairly average to awful."

"Not one of them you'd wish on your worst enemy basically," he said.

The Infrastructure Minister David O'Byrne says a rail recovery plan is being implemented.

"Close to half a billion dollars is being invested to bring rail back in house and to provide sustainable freight options," he said.

TasRail operates 115 services a week.

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