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Unexpected ION train repairs needed; won't impact service

Bombardier will be repairing 11 of the 14 ION light-rail trains, but residents shouldn't be concerned about safety
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Mark Pare/KitchenerToday

Workers with Bombardier are heading to Waterloo Region to take care of some unexpected repairs on the majority of our ION light-rail trains.

They say 11 of 14 trains need repairs related to welding.

"Bombardier realized some time back that the frames they were getting from their supplier, some of the welds were not up to scratch," Regional Councillor Tom Galloway told The Mike Farwell Show on 570 NEWS.

And safety is not a concern.

"It's not unlike getting a recall on your car," Galloway pointed out, "It's not like you need to take the car off the road, but sometime, you need to get that thing fixed."

The repairs will be done under warranty, so there's no cost to taxpayers.

Trains will be worked on one at a time in the shop in Waterloo, and Bombardier will be bringing in a loaner train to work into the rotation, so service will not be impacted.

"Once the loaner train arrives, and it goes through its paces, and gets commissioned, like all the other trains were, then they can start the work," Galloway said.

And once the work does start up, it'll take about two years to complete.




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