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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

North Coast Commuters Still Hurting

The April 5th release of the proposed June timetable for Queensland Rail sees minor changes to public transport services available to the public between Brisbane and Nambour.

Unfortunately the proposed changes contain minimal improvements, with North Coast commuters ultimately disadvantage with extended travel times and an over all reduction in services. The 5.20pm outbound service, and several arrival times, have been modified to benefit commuters however a significant reduction in express services will see the travel weary spending more time away from their homes. The replacement of express services from Caboolture to Bowen Hills with Northgate to Petrie has added at least ten minutes to the average commute time.

 Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, has actively demonstrated his support for the people who heavily rely on Queensland Rail to maintain employment and their families lifestyles.  Campaigning since November of 2010, Mr Powell states that “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”.