GOLD Coasters relying on the train to get to Brisbane this weekend will be put on buses instead and forced to endure hour-long delays as the network is shutdown for maintenance.
More than 400 Queensland Rail crews and contractors will work around the clock on the Gold Coast line this weekend to ensure the track is ready to take eight trains an hour during the Commonwealth Games.
Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the works would boost the safety, reliability and presentation of the Gold Coast line ahead of high-frequency services for the Games in April.
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Mr Bailey said the entire line between Beenleigh and the Gold Coast would be shutdown for 48 hours from 9.30pm on Friday so that crews could “turn around an extensive checklist of maintenance works”.
“Queensland Rail crews will span the Gold Coast line from Park Road to Varsity Lakes stations, to deliver final stages of maintenance works and checks,” Minister Bailey said.
“Work will include significant track maintenance at Yeerongpilly, in addition to general track and overhead power line maintenance between Woodridge and Varsity Lakes stations.
“The teams will also re-profile more than 45 kilometres of track between Beenleigh and Varsity Lakes station, using a rail grinder, to ensure trains are running as smoothly and quietly as possible.”
Every station between Beenleigh and Robina will also receive an extensive refresh and clean up as part of the planned station overhauls ahead of the Games.
“The entire region will be on show to the world during the Games…and we’ve been working to ensure the rail network performs as reliably as possible during this time,” Mr Bailey said.
“Scheduled maintenance is carried out at every available opportunity on the network to ensure those standards are met all year round.
“We appreciate the patience of rail customers this weekend, as we undertake this important work.”
From 9.30pm tonight (Friday) until the last service on Sunday, February 11, buses will replace trains on the Gold Coast line between Park Road and Varsity Lakes stations.
Queensland Rail is encouraging passengers to plan their journey in advance and allow for approximately 60 minutes extra travel time.
There’ll be another weekend shutdown on the Gold Coast line again on Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11.