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Powell Media Release – Sunshine Coast commuters benefit from additional services (22 October 2013)

More than 200 additional train services a day will be added to the south-east Queensland network from January 20 next year.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP said residents in the Glass House electorate would benefit as part of the major timetable overhaul across south-east Queensland.

“This is a great result for local commuters with the addition of two new express services between Nambour and Brisbane,” he said.

“The new timetable will boost frequency and extend current Sunshine Coast services, with more than 234 train services to be provided between Nambour and Brisbane’s CBD each week.

“There will be a new inbound morning service to depart Nambour station at 5.07am and arrive at Central station at 6.53am, and a new afternoon outbound service to depart Central station at 4.22pm and arrive at Nambour station at 6.10pm,” Mr Powell said.

The new services will run express between Caboolture and Northgate, with the afternoon peak service also running express between Bowen Hills and Northgate and will commence on Monday 20 January, 2014.

“Public transport users can expect improved connections, better reliability and more frequent services.

“The Newman Government has work had to find the saving across Queensland Rail to deliver more frequent services and from January next year we will be delivering.”

Some of the other changes across the network include:

  • More peak Gold Coast services – nine to 12 for AM and 10 to 14 for PM
  • Altandi will replace Coopers Plains as the express stop on the Gold Coast line
  • More peak Shorncliffe line services – eight to 11 for AM and eight to 12 for PM
  • 50 per cent peak service increase at some of the Cleveland line’s busiest stations
  • 15 minute day-time off-peak CBD to Cannon Hill on the Cleveland line
  • More peak service for Beenleigh station – 19 to 24 for AM and 18 to 25 for PM
  • 15 minute day-time off-peak CBD and Coopers Plains on the Beenleigh line
  • 70 per cent peak service increase at some of the Ferny Grove line’s busiest stations
  • Express services on the Ferny Grove line will become all station services – an increased trip time of four-to-five minutes each.
  • 15 minute day-time off-peak CBD and Northgate on the Caboolture line
  • An additional peak AM and PM Sunshine Coast service.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the new timetable gets the maximum use out of the network’s existing rollingstock and infrastructure in both the peak and weekday off-peak.

“This timetable is for the future, as it will allow additional services to be added once trains start being delivered as part of our New Generation Rollingstock project,” Mr Emerson said.

“This is also important in our efforts to increase the capacity on the network beyond the current 2016 deadline.”

Queensland Rail and TransLink will be hosting information sessions at stations over the coming months. For more information visit www.translink.com.au

 [ENDS] 22 October 2013

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