I know there are many rail commuters who have been greatly affected by the TransLink train timetable changes that came into effect on 6 June 2011. The first few weeks were an unmitigated disaster for commuters. The 5.20pm ‘Nambour Crusher’ train, as it has been so fondly named, has been the cause for most of the frustration for commuters. Bowing to community pressure, TransLink and Queensland Rail have recently introduced an additional Nambour service, along with some other small changes, that we hope will alleviate most of the pain for commuters. Any new information on this issue is posted here on my website, including media releases from the Shadow Minister for Transport, Mr Scott Emerson MP – read below for Scott’s latest statement. I am always keen to get feedback on this issue so make sure you let me know via the feedback section on the website if you have any experiences you would like to share.
Scott Emerson MP
Shadow Minister for Transport,
Multicultural Affairs and the Arts
LNP Member for Indooroopilly
29 June 2011
Labor forced to fix Sunshine Coast train timetable
The Bligh Labor Government have bowed to LNP and commuter pressure and added another peak hour train service to the Sunshine Coast, the State Opposition said today.
LNP Shadow Transport Minister Scott Emerson said Annastacia Palaszczuk failed to get the $26 million timetable right the first time.
“The need for change to the “Bombay Express” timetable was obvious from day one but it’s taken the State Government almost four weeks to listen to commuters and react,” said Mr Emerson.
“Because of Labor’s failure to properly plan, Sunshine Coast commuters have been forced to travel in uncomfortable sardine-like conditions.
“Five Labor Ministers have been responsible for our transport system since Labor came to power and all Queensland commuters have got are higher fees and poorer services.
“Only an LNP Government will save Queenslanders money and deliver more by getting action on the basics and cutting waste,” Mr Emerson said.