Number Of Sydney Train Services Suspended Due To Asbestos
A number of services have been suspended on the T5 train line after asbestos was found in drivers' carriages.
According to a statement released by the Rail, Tram and Bus Union NSW Locomotive Division, the asbestos dust or particles were discovered between March and June this year at both Flemington and Hornsby Maintenance Centres.
While it appears that Sydney Trains have contained the asbestos, the RTBU have raised concerns that they weren't informed of the contamination earlier.
"At the time of writing, we believe Sydney Trains have indicated that the dust poses no issue due to it being contained," the statement reads. "Additionally the dust discovered as part of ongoing inspections is being immediately removed according to requirements therefore poses no credible risk.
"[We] are concerned by Sydney Train's failure to advise its employees... that dust had been found."
As a result, train drivers are refusing to work.
Commuters are advised to seek alternative routes and to allow extra travel times.