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Powell Media Release – Government asks Coast rail commuters to meet them half way (5 April 2011)

 

After much anticipation Coast commuters can claim some victories following today’s release of the new Sunshine Coast timetable.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, who has campaigned on behalf of Coast commuters since November, acknowledges some improvements on the draft timetable but remains concerned the Coast commute has just become longer.

“Coast commuters have fought tooth and nail to be heard since the proposed timetable was released last year and the government appears to have listened, albeit selectively, to many of their concerns.

“The Minister has made a number of concessions including reinstating a 5.20pm outbound service and modifying some arrival times.  But at the end of the day the reduction in express services will see most commuters spending more time on their commute”, Mr Powell stated.

The newly released timetable, due for implementation from 6 June, makes the following adverse changes:

  • A commuter commencing work at 8am will now need to depart Nambour at 5.50am (previously 6am); and
  • A commuter commencing work at 8.30am will now need to depart Nambour at 6.14am (previously 6.27am).

 

“Previously peak hour Sunshine Coast services ran express from Bowen Hills to Caboolture, that’s now Northgate to Petrie, adding more than ten minutes in each direction to most commutes.

“Yes, it’s a victory of sorts.  But at the end of the day, commuters were given guarantees that infrastructure upgrades would deliver shorter commutes.  What we see in today’s timetable release puts pay to that promise once and for all”, Mr Powell concluded.

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