The State Government has announced another 32 new train services starting this week.
The addition will see an extra 14,000 seats for the south-east Queensland rail network, and will operate during key peak times, thanks to regular feedback.
It comes after the widespread cancellations in 2016, which were largely due to mass driver shortages.
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Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey says Queensland Rail has been working hard to deliver an improved timetable and put more trains back into service when customers need them most.
“A record 182 million trips were taken on public transport across the south east last financial year, and we’re on track to beat that number this year.
“Queensland Rail has listened to customer feedback, and analysed patronage data, customer wait times, and operational efficiencies to identify 32 priority weekly services we know will benefit our customers right now,” Minister Bailey said.
Last year, 46,000 seats were added per week across the state, and 193 three-carriage services were upgraded to six-carriage services.
Minister Bailey says with more and more commuters choosing public transport, it’s important to continue improving the service.
“With the Palaszczuk Government’s Fairer Fares initiative and investment in key projects like $5.4 billion Cross River Rail, we’re seeing more Queenslanders taking up public transport.
“The 32 new services add to new customer initiatives, including the $114 million park ‘n’ ride upgrade program, live train information on the MyTransLink app, station platform raising and the rollout of new passenger information displays across the south east.
“Queensland Rail is on track to deliver further timetable improvements later this year, following the largest driver recruitment and training campaign in its history,” Minister Bailey said.
The State Government has promised further improvements later this year, though the opposition says there’s still a long way to go.
Shadow Transport Minister Steve Minnikin says it’s taken far too long to get services back on track.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is giving themselves a pat on the back today for restoring 32 train services,” Mr. Minnikin said.
“But make no mistake, Labor’s rail fail is still very much alive.
“32 services down, only 440 to go.
“Based on the current projections of 32 services being restored in two and a half years, it will take more than 36 years to give Queenslanders a fully restored schedule.
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