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Powell Media Release – Glass House commuters benefit from new peak train services (17 January 2014)

Local passengers will be the big winners when more than 200 additional train services a day are added to south-east Queensland’s train network from Monday, January 20.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, said Palmwoods, Eudlo, Glasshouse Mountains, Beerburrum and Elimbah stations would have more frequent services following the major timetable overhaul across south-east Queensland.

“This is a great result for local commuters with an additional peak AM and PM Sunshine Coast service,” Mr Powell said.

“We’ve worked hard since coming to government to find the savings to reinvest into front line services.

“Passengers will also notice the consistent departure times to make timetables easier to understand.

“These timetables will also allow us to continue our efforts to improve on-time running, which is now at a 10-year high after falling to a three-year low under Labor.”

The new AM peak service will depart Nambour at 5.07am, running express from Caboolture to Northgate and arriving at Central at 6.53am.  The new PM peak service will depart Central station at 4.22pm, running express from Bowen Hills to Northgate then Northgate to Caboolture, and arriving at Nambour station at 6.10pm.

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

More peak Shorncliffe line services – eight to 11 for AM and eight to 12 for PM

 50 per cent more peak services at some of the Cleveland line’s busiest stations

 More peak services for Beenleigh station – 19 to 24 for AM and 18 to 25 for PM

  70 per cent peak service increase at some of the Ferny Grove line’s busiest stations

  15 minute day-time off-peak CBD to Cannon Hill on the Cleveland line

  15 minute day-time off-peak CBD to Coopers Plains on the Beenleigh line

  15 minute day-time off-peak CBD to Northgate on the Caboolture line

 

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 gets the most out of our network and will allow for future growth as new 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 staff will be out on the network in the coming weeks to assist passengers with the changes. For the latest information go to www.translink.com.au. 

[ENDS] 17 January 2014

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