Media release 12th November 2016SEQ: The straw that has broken the camel's back
RAIL Back On Track (http://backontrack.org
) a web based community support group for rail and public transport and an advocate for public transport passengers has said the axing of all rail services on the Rosewood line at weekends is not acceptable.
Robert Dow, Spokesman for RAIL Back On Track said:
"The railway from Ipswich to Rosewood is no more at weekends. Due to the ongoing incompetence at Queensland Rail services on this line have been axed and replaced by buses. This is like having a permanent weekend track closure on your line. Bus substitution of rail is very difficult for many."
"Despite assurances there would be no more train service cuts, people west of Ipswich have been left reeling with little notice."
"The very future of Queensland Rail is now at stake. Can Queensland Rail actually be trusted to turn around the hopeless situation the public of SEQ now have to suffer? Is the Minister for Transport Mr Hinchliffe actually up to the task? It appears not."
"People are being forced to abandon public transport in droves due to not only a failed rail system with multiple service cuts and a loss of reliability, but sadly a failing bus network as well."
"The cost of this ongoing public transport shambles will be felt in the next election we expect. RAIL Back On Track is now canvassing for concerned commuters to stand as independents to highlight the public transport failures of not only the ALP but also the LNP. The LNP are a policy vacuum shambles too. Time for the people to turn!"
"We have lost confidence in the Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe and the Palaszczuk Government. We have lost confidence in Queensland Rail."
RAIL Back On Track http://backontrack.org