Rail Services Corp. has no plans to sell or privatise its lines to private companies, despite recent comments by the company’s CEO that it could be a factor in a “major crisis.”
The company said in a statement on Tuesday that it is committed to maintaining and improving rail services for the benefit of our customers.
“We remain committed to our customers, and to ensuring that rail is as safe as possible for everyone,” the statement read.
“We remain focused on our customers and our business model.
We continue to invest in our existing infrastructure, and continue to work to modernise and modernise our systems, particularly in the rail sector.
We are committed to being innovative and responsive to our stakeholders, customers and stakeholders, and are committed that we will work to ensure that rail services continue to be available to our riders and communities.”
The statement added that the company will “work collaboratively with the relevant authorities in order to ensure a safe and efficient rail system.”
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s Chief Inspector Greg Hayes said on Monday that the rail system was “very, very, very dangerous”.
“It’s a really serious issue,” Hayes told reporters on Monday.
“I think we’ve got to take a look at that.”
“There is no question in my mind that there is a risk to public safety,” he said.
“It’s very, really dangerous.”
Rail Services Corp.’s board of directors has been meeting on a regular basis since October to discuss the issues raised by Hayes.
“I think there are a lot of good questions, a lot to be answered,” Hayes said.
“But I think we have a lot more to learn.”
The ABC has contacted Rail Services CEO Greg Mays for comment.