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Gold Coast trams suspended for second day

AAP logoAAP 11/12/2016

Queensland is experiencing another rail failure, with tram services on the Gold Coast suspended for a second day.

Operator GoldlinkQ has blamed an electrical issue for the light rail suspension, which comes days after Brisbane train commuters were left stranded due to a series of infrastructure mishaps on the Queensland Rail network.

While Premier Annastacia Palaszcuzuk says it's up to GoldlinQ to explain why the light rail system is down, the Liberal National Party opposition has called for her besieged transport minister Stirling Hinchliffe to guarantee maintenance problems aren't to blame.

Shadow attorney-general Ian Walker said it wasn't good enough for the light rail to be out of action at one of the busiest holiday periods on the Gold Coast.

"Minister Hinchliffe really needs to front the cameras and explain to the people exactly what's happening. He needs to guarantee, for example, that this isn't a maintenance issue."

He also had to guarantee such a failure wouldn't occur during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Mr Walker said.

Mr Hinchliffe has been under fire since October when a driver and guard shortage led to major cancellations across Queensland Rail's train network in the southeast.

But Ms Palaszczuk said it was GoldlinkQ's responsibility to explain the suspension, which began early Saturday morning.

The operator said an electrical issue had impacted power supply to the light rail vehicles.

"Severe electrical storms battered the Gold Coast this week and we believe they may have impacted the communication network that is affected," GoldlinkQ's said on its website.

Buses have replaced light rail services, which won't resume until technicians and other specialists can "system integrity" can be re-established across all 13 kilometres of the light rail network.

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