Brisbane train services resume after commuter chaos

Brisbane train services have resumed, after issues with the northern line disrupted all services on the network causing peak-hour chaos for commuters.

Many train commuters were stranded for hours last night, as a major communications breakdown brought the city’s rail network to a halt.

Trains across Brisbane were grounded between 5pm and about 6.50pm, as Queensland Rail lost communications between its control centre and network.


The Beenleigh, Airport, Springfield, Gold Coast, Doomben, Redcliffe, Cleveland, Airport, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich and Shorncliffe lines were all affected.

A Queensland Raid spokeswoman ordered buses for stranded commuters, however people were encouraged to make their own arrangements.


The Shadow Transport Minister Andrew Powell released a statement saying, “Another QR stuff up on Jackie Trad’s watch means commuters are facing delays getting home of more than an hour.

More than 1800 train services each month have been cut from the timetable under Labor and at the same time these failures keep happening.

Commuters are sick of it – Labor is meant to be implementing the Strachan Recommendations to fix this mess but instead they have been dithering and delaying because the unions are still in control of Queensland Rail.

Queenslanders know that under the LNP the trains ran on time. Under Labor, Rail Fail will continue.”

It was the most recent debacle since a staff shortage last year that led to repeated rostering bungles on the state’s southeastern rail network.

Mick Skinner was stood down from his position as Queensland Raid head of train service delivery in October, after more than 100 trains were cancelled earlier that month.