Train Timetable Brochure Printers Busy in Queensland

June 20, 2011 by  

Brochure printers will have been busy in Queensland as the State Government has implemented the largest revamping in 15 years of the train timetables in the state. The changes will result in an increased number of seats and better quality services on some train lines, and officials claim that reliability will be improved for the Sunshine Coast line, which will begin functioning as the main passageway.

The Minister for Transport, Annastacia Palaszczuk, confirmed that the overhaul will mean additional seats for customers, extra capacity and new trains. There will be added morning peak services in Indooroopilly and Darra, plus Northgate will see an increased number of morning peak seats, along with a streamlined timetable. However, the spokesman for the Opposition, Scott Emerson argues that the train timetable changes will reduce the availability of express services, which will result in longer travel times for some commuters. For example, the daily trip for some Sunshine Coast passengers could be extended by up to 30 minutes longer.

Printers in Queensland produced over 300,000 flyers with information on the train timetable changes to give to commuters. There were also 10 information sessions held in order to facilitate and incorporate reviews from a wide range of community consultations on the proposed changes. In the end, over 2,000 comments of feedback were examined before the new timetable was finalised.

In all, the weekly seats for the Caboolture and Ipswich train lines have been boosted to more than 150,000. The changes were in response to rapidly growing number of commuters on the Queensland Rail services, with rider numbers increasing about 5% in the last 6 months of 2010 alone.