Queensland Rail statement on asbestos present in an Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) train


As stated by Queensland Rail CEO Kat Stapleton:

Queensland Rail has launched a full investigation following a detection of asbestos present in an Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) train.

The asbestos was found in black bitumen paint on the ceiling and floor of the train during an asbestos clearance certificate process as part of the EMU disposal program.

I’m advised it remains safe for customers to travel on EMU trains as the paint is in sealed areas that are not exposed to the public.

Out of an abundance of caution, as the EMUs leave service today, they will be progressively inspected over the weekend before returning to service.

Safety is Queensland Rail’s number one priority.

Overhaul and disposal work on our EMU fleet has been halted and further testing is underway on other trains in the Queensland Rail fleet.

We are in the process of identifying and notifying employees and contractors who may have been exposed, offering full support to any identified exposed individuals.

We will keep our employees, contractors, customers and the wider community informed of further updates.

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