More trains for Shorncliffe line commuters

Shorncliffe line commuters will have more trains to choose from when Queensland Rail re-introduces hundreds of services and delivers an extra 200,000 seats across the south east next month.

Member for Sandgate Stirling Hinchliffe said from July 29, Queensland Rail would restore 430 weekly services throughout its network, including 12 services on the Shorncliffe line.

“Queenslanders are returning to public transport, with commuters on-track to beat the record 182 million trips taken in 2017/18,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“For residents who travel on the Shorncliffe line, they’ll be able to choose from an extra 12 weekly services, including four added to the Friday timetable and two daily services Monday to Thursday.”

Additional Monday to Thursday services:

  • 09am Shorncliffe to Central service
  • 43am Central to Shorncliffe service

Additional Friday services:

  • 58am Central to Shorncliffe service
  • 58pm Central to Shorncliffe service
  • 39pm Shorncliffe to Central service
  • 39pm Shorncliffe to Central service

“Queensland Rail has worked hard behind the scenes to restore the complete 8,290 weekly services on its south east network, following the largest driver recruitment campaign in its history.”

Since October 2016, 172 drivers have completed their training and are now operating across the network, with a further 79 currently in training.

Member for Nudgee Leanne Linard said in total, 239 weekly Northgate shuttles will also be introduced to provide inner-north commuters and residents with more options, and a higher likelihood of gaining a seat, including an extra five daily Northgate shuttles in peak times Monday to Thursday.

“To ensure service frequencies are maintained at inner-north stations, particularly Albion, Wooloowin, Nundah and Toombul stations, Queensland Rail will introduce 78 shuttle trains between

Northgate station and Roma Street on Saturdays and 66 on Sundays to maintain trains every 15 minutes or better,” Ms Linard said.

“In addition to reinstating the timetable, a further 59 existing services will also be upgraded to full-length trains across the south east.

“New six-car services will be introduced alongside 46,000 extra seats added late last year when Queensland Rail upgraded 193 three-car services.”

Mr Hinchliffe said the restoration of services across the south east and upgrade of three-car services would better connect Queenslanders to work, home and services.

“Queensland Rail has conducted extensive readiness activities to make sure these new services transition as best possible, so commuters have more options, more frequently,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“The restoration of services and six-car upgrades will deliver 200,000 more seats for Queenslanders each week.”

Some adjustments to existing services will also be implemented from July 29 to improve the consistency of Queensland Rail’s timetables.

From July 29, Caboolture services will return to the consistent Caboolture line express stopping pattern on weekends, which means Caboolture line trains will run express between Northgate and Bowen Hills, stopping only at Eagle Junction, on weekends as they currently do Monday to Friday.

Queensland Rail encourages customers to re-plan their journey, by visiting translink.com.au.

ENDS

Leanne Linard MP and Minister for Transport Mark Bailey MP at Northgate Station
Leanne Linard MP and Minister for Transport Mark Bailey MP at Northgate Station

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