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POWELL MEDIA RELEASE – Did someone mention a rail upgrade? (22 November 2010)

Member for Glass House Andrew Powell MP is calling on Sunshine Coast locals to remind the Bligh Labor Government it needs an upgraded rail service now.

“The Government continues to let Sunshine Coast residents down.  The Beerburrum to Landsborough and Landsborough to Nambour upgrades are in a perpetual holding pattern, now not due until 2031″, Mr Powell said.

“To add salt to the wound, the Minister has now released a draft train timetable for 2011 that will make it next to impossible for Sunshine Coast commuters to travel to and from Brisbane at a convenient time.  Many residents remember a day they were promised reduced travel times, not reduced services.

“Instead of committing funding now for the upgrade, the Bligh Labor Government has to waste money on temporary fixes at stations such as Mooloolah, Eudlo and Palmwoods.  The delay is also creating increasing frustrations for the Sunshine Coast Regional Council as they endeavour to plan for these railway communities.

“It all adds up to aggravation and annoyance for Coast public transport users,” Mr Powell continued.

“I’m calling on locals to support a petition demanding that the Minister to reassess the 2031 deadline and bring forward this much needed upgrade.  I would urge as many people as possible to get online and add their name to the list,” Mr Powell concluded.

 

The petition can be found by clicking on the following link – http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/view/EPetitions_qld/CurrentEPetition.aspx?PetNum=1565

 

Translink is holding a community information session on the draft timetable on Saturday 4 December at the Nambour Community Centre.

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