Extra peak services and 14,000 seats coming in May
JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT: Joe Kelly MP, Member for Greenslopes, Di Farmer MP, Member for Bulimba, Mark Bailey MP, Member for Miller
Queensland Rail will add 32 extra weekly services at peak times and add 14,000 seats to south east Queensland’s network next month.
Member for Bulimba Di Farmer said the changes would add services to lines during busy peak periods from Monday 13 May.
“Queensland Rail is working hard to deliver an improved timetable and these additional services will put more trains back into service when customers need them most,” Ms Farmer said.
“Customers travelling during the busiest times in the morning and afternoon peak on the Shorncliffe, Cleveland, Redcliffe Peninsula, Ferny Grove, Springfield, Gold Coast and Airport lines will benefit.
“On Fridays we’re adding the 5.32pm Central to Cleveland service. Other key services to be added include the 6.39am Cleveland to Central service, and 5.09pm Central to Cleveland service.
“We’ve 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.”
Member for Greenslopes Joe Kelly said the move comes after 46,000 weekly seats were added to the region’s rail network last December, with the upgrade of 193 three-carriage trains to six-carriage trains.
“Queensland Rail is on track to deliver further timetable improvements later this year, following the largest driver recruitment and training campaign in its history,” Mr Kelly said.
“Seventy-six drivers are in training, adding to the 136 drivers who have completed their qualifications and are working on the network, representing a net increase of 73 in service when taking into account natural attrition such as retirement.
“More people are returning to the rail network, after we saw a record 182 million trips on public transport in south east Queensland during 2017/18.
“NGR trains are continuing to roll out on the network too, with 51 now available for service, so commuters are seeing the benefits of these gradual improvements to services.”
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said delivering a new timetable was a complex task that involved managing traincrew resources and rostering, planning, stabling and maintenance of trains, and scheduling daily train movements.
“It’s important any changes are implemented reliably and sustainably,” Mr Bailey said.
“We will announce further service improvements later this year.”