Last minute train cancellations are expected to cause chaos for Gold Coast commuters trying to get around on Christmas Day.
About 150 services have been cancelled due to ‘operational reasons’.
Many services between Varsity Lakes and Central station in Brisbane are affected. The first cancellation was at 6:40AM and the last just before 11:00PM.
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So the Queensland Government has said we will be able to travel for free on Sunday.
Shadow Transport Minister Andrew Powell said it has been an ongoing debacle.
He added “150 train services cancelled on a day when loved ones are trying to get to Christmas celebrations with their family, it’s just not acceptable”.
The latest cancellations come a few weeks after the Redcliffe Peninsula service came on line and was blamed for putting too much pressure on the QR network.
The Government has doubled recruitment of drivers and guards since then.
But Mr Powell is calling for Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe to be sacked.
“What should be one of the happiest days of the year has turned into a nightmare because of this Minister’s complete incompetence,” Mr Powell said.
“Stirling ‘I know nothing’ Hinchliffe has once again claimed he was the last to know, only receiving advice about the major cancellations yesterday afternoon – but Queenslanders are sick of hearing the same old excuse.
“150 services have been cancelled on Christmas Eve, leaving families stranded from their loved ones and all the Minister can do is shrug his shoulders.
“It was appalling last time when this Minister insulted the public with a measly tweet – but this time he didn’t even do that much, instead leaving it to Queensland Rail to post the changes to social media late on Christmas Eve.
“Stirling Hinchliffe has now ruined Christmas for families all over the south-east.
“Queensland Rail and the rail unions are clearly out of control and Stirling Hinchliffe is a Minister out of the loop.
“Because this is such a shemozzle, the changes can’t even be updated on the Queensland Rail Journey Planner, meaning many commuters will only find out when they’re on the platform on their way to Christmas lunch.
From December 28 to January 22 public transport will be running on a summer school holiday timetable.
For the latest on what services are and aren’t running head to Translink’s website.