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Understand the Deputy Premier has made a statement in Parliament concerning the Queensland Rail ' Stress Test '

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-government/question-time-live-palaszczuk-to-be-questioned-on-budget/news-story/b2220e76ffc11873753f5b02f8b73126

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Meanwhile, Transport Minister Jackie Trad announced the current Queensland Rail timetable would remain in place after the results of a stress test recommended as part of the Strachan inquiry.

“Queensland Rail will implement a range of mitigation strategies to ensure that service reliability is maintained during stress periods,” she said.

“We are determined to continue our work to fix the trains.”

The service cancellations caused by a shortage of drivers caused commuter chaos late last year – after the opening of the Redcliffe Peninsula Line – and resulted in a reduced timetable being introduced to improve reliability.

As I understand it at this time the present timetable is to continue, with some Sunday service reductions in July (reduction in frequency to one hour), and possibly in other times eg. holidays.

It really is very poor that we still limp along with a very mediocre timetable for our trains.

Hopefully more details will be forthcoming in time.
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Re: Queensland Rail - Timetable ' Stress Test ' and implications
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2017, 04:51:10 PM »
What? More Sunday cancellations and prospect of new timetable?

Why do this?

There won't be a railway left!
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Re: Queensland Rail - Timetable ' Stress Test ' and implications
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2017, 04:54:06 PM »
I made representations today with Queensland Rail that if there is to be reduced services on some days (Sundays, perhaps other holiday periods) that clock face times be preserved.  A repeat of the Easter 2017 timetable of reduced services (one hour) (and the weekend before) which completely broke many connections - bus/rail and rail/rail, by moving from standard clockface times, is simply not acceptable.
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Re: Queensland Rail - Timetable ' Stress Test ' and implications
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2017, 05:03:03 PM »
What? More Sunday cancellations and prospect of new timetable?

Why do this?

There won't be a railway left!

" Why do this? "


They are unable to deliver a proper timetable. Not enough train crew allegedly.

Never forget.  The ELT pocketed cash bonuses to deliver this festering mess!
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Re: Queensland Rail - Timetable ' Stress Test ' and implications
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2017, 05:12:22 PM »
Now on TransLink's website:
https://translink.com.au/service-updates/132261

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Re: Queensland Rail - Timetable ' Stress Test ' and implications
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2017, 05:13:48 PM »
"The arrival and departure times are different to the regular Sunday times, so please plan your journey before you travel."

Good try Bob  :(

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Re: Queensland Rail - Timetable ' Stress Test ' and implications
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2017, 05:14:30 PM »
Now on TransLink's website:
https://translink.com.au/service-updates/132261

^ thanks Cazza.  Looks like they have moved from standard clockface times again. 

I am FURIOUS!   :P

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Reduced train services for Sundays during winter school holiday

Queensland Rail will operate reduced train services for Sunday 25 June, 2 July and 9 July over the 2017 winter school holiday period to ensure full service levels for weekdays and major events in June and July.

Services will operate hourly on most lines, with half hourly services on the Airport line and two hourly services on the Sunshine Coast line. Additional services will operate before and after sporting events.

The arrival and departure times are different to the regular Sunday times, so please plan your journey before you travel.

All other days are unaffected. Our journey planner has also been updated so you can plan your journey in advance.
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Re: Queensland Rail - Timetable ' Stress Test ' and implications
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2017, 05:15:43 PM »
Hourly services and different times - absolute disgrace QR!

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Re: Queensland Rail - Timetable ' Stress Test ' and implications
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2017, 05:29:25 PM »
Hourly services and different times - absolute disgrace QR!

Sure is ... a disgrace.  What sort of fools are at TransLink at Queensland Rail to break the connections?  They clearly do not give a toss for the travelling public, just want to look good to the higher ups!
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Re: Queensland Rail - Timetable ' Stress Test ' and implications
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2017, 05:39:53 PM »
So I guess we will be advocating for an extension of Queensland Rail's contract then?

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Re: Queensland Rail - Timetable ' Stress Test ' and implications
« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2017, 05:43:32 PM »
BigWilly transport think tank ..

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Re: Queensland Rail - Timetable ' Stress Test ' and implications
« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2017, 05:46:01 PM »
So there will be Mon<>Thu timetable, then the Friday timetable, a Saturday timetable, and then ' Sunday ' timetable on non-standard times.

No wonder punters are confused  :o  :fp:

Utter cluster-fuk!!
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Re: Queensland Rail - Timetable ' Stress Test ' and implications
« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2017, 06:05:57 PM »
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More broken bus/rail connections ..

Greetings,

Announced today that there will be more Queensland Rail service reductions, with changes to the standard clock face times.

This is what they did last Easter and the weekend before Easter.  It made travel very difficult around the network because the train frequency is reduced to one hour (two hour on the Sunshine Coast), and because they move from the standard clock face times any integration with the bus network is generally lost. This leads to very long journey times.  We pointed this out last Easter, and now it is happening again. Very disappointing that Queensland Rail and TransLink are prepared to repeat this flawed process again.

Reduce the frequency but maintain standard clockface times, at least that gives the punters a fighting chance!

https://translink.com.au/service-updates/132261

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Reduced train services for Sundays during winter school holiday

Queensland Rail will operate reduced train services for Sunday 25 June, 2 July and 9 July over the 2017 winter school holiday period to ensure full service levels for weekdays and major events in June and July.

Services will operate hourly on most lines, with half hourly services on the Airport line and two hourly services on the Sunshine Coast line. Additional services will operate before and after sporting events.

The arrival and departure times are different to the regular Sunday times, so please plan your journey before you travel.

All other days are unaffected. Our journey planner has also been updated so you can plan your journey in advance.

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Re: Queensland Rail - Timetable ' Stress Test ' and implications
« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2017, 06:11:25 PM »
https://twitter.com/Robert_Dow/status/874901815917203457

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https://twitter.com/Robert_Dow/status/874902598758871043
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Re: Queensland Rail - Timetable ' Stress Test ' and implications
« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2017, 06:43:50 PM »
Brisbanetimes --> Queensland Rail slashes Sunday services following network 'stress test'

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Trains will be slashed to hourly on most lines over three upcoming Sundays to cope with extra services needed for winter sporting events.

A "stress test" conducted on the Queensland Rail timetable identified key points over the next 12 months, but confirmed the current timetable should stay in place.

It comes after numerous issues were identified in south-east Queensland's rail operator, including a shortage of drivers and an overreliance on overtime, leading to mass cancellations in October and December, and the Strachan inquiry.

Queensland Rail chief executive officer Nick Easy said the stress test identified several stress points, including the upcoming school holidays in June and July.

"There are a range of strategies we will use to effectively manage resources and we will ensure there are robust plans to maintain service reliability in advance of any stress period," Mr Easy said.

During June and July, there will be 10 winter sporting events, with combined crowds of more than 200,000 people expected.

The second biggest crowd were expected at the Manny Pacquiao v Jeff Horn fight on July 2, which about 45,000 people were expected to attend, requiring 18 additional train services.

The largest crowd is expected at the State of Origin on July 12, with 52,000 and about 18 additional train services.

Mr Easy said it was estimated 86 additional train services would be required to transport people to the events over June and July, which placed pressure on resources.

The report says maintaining the current timetable would "create an unacceptably high risk of service disruptions, potentially at peak times".

To manage services during peak times, hourly services will run on the three Sundays during the June to July school holidays.

"Making these changes to Sundays, our lowest patronage day with 40,000 customer trips, will help ensure we deliver for these sporting events and our busy weekday period, when more than 170,000 commuters travel every day," Mr Easy said.

The other stress periods identified are the Ekka, September school holidays, summer school holidays, the roll-out of the New Generation Rollingstock during 2017 and the Commonwealth Games in April 2018.

During Easter, a reduced timetable was rolled out to improve reliability, at a time when 70 per cent fewer passengers used the rail network.
Previously QR operated with a 58-hour maximum forward view for train crew rostering and was unable to plan for train crew shortfalls.

It is now working on an eight-week train crew management plan, and developing a five-year rolling forecast to predict stress points over five years and provide a forward view of train crew supply and demand.

Deputy Premier and Transport Minister Jackie Trad tabled the stress test report in Parliament and said QR was planning better for future service changes.

"Phillip Strachan made a number of recommendations in his report, including assessing the sustainability of the timetable to ensure it delivers reliability and accommodates training for new drivers and guards," Ms Trad said.

"The analysis has identified key stress points over the 12 months which will require careful management, but confirmed that the timetable should currently remain in place."

Opposition transport spokesman Andrew Powell slammed the management of issues on the trains and also the planned cancellations over winter.

"With less than a month's notice, we will also see cuts to the timetable on Sundays," he said.

Rail Back on Track spokesman Robert Dow said due to arrival and departure times being different to regular Sunday times, integration with the bus network was poor.

"This leads to very long journey times," he said.
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Re: Queensland Rail - Timetable ' Stress Test ' and implications
« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2017, 06:52:49 PM »
Queensland Parliament Hansard

https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/hansard/2017/2017_06_14_DAILY.pdf

Ministerial Statements

Queensland Rail, Timetable

Hon. JA TRAD (South Brisbane—ALP) (Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport and Minister for
Infrastructure and Planning) (3.03 pm): The Palaszczuk government is working to fix the trains so that
Queenslanders can access the reliable, safe and on-time rail services they expect and deserve.
Queensland Rail is now delivering significantly more reliable services for customers, with recent figures
showing service cancellations have decreased by more than 70 per cent in recent months.
The Strachan inquiry recommended that the stability of the current timetable be assessed to ensure
the provision of stable services. Today I have tabled in the House a report on the outcome of the
assessment of the timetable. I can confirm that the analysis has confirmed the current timetable should
remain in place. The analysis identified a number of key stress points for the timetable over the next 12
months, including school holiday periods, the rollout of New Generation Rollingstock and the Gold Coast
2018 Commonwealth Games.

Queensland Rail will implement a range of mitigation strategies to ensure service reliability is
maintained during stress periods. For instance, during June and July there will be 10 winter sporting
events with combined crowds in excess of 200,000 people. At these times it is estimated that 86 additional
services are required to transport customers to and from these events. To actively manage operations
during these busy periods, hourly services will run on three Sundays during the June-July school holidays.
By giving commuters advance notice of these service changes, they are able to better plan their trips in
advance. We are determined to continue our work to fix the trains so that Queensland Rail is customer
focused and delivering reliable, safe and on-time services.
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Re: Queensland Rail - Timetable ' Stress Test ' and implications
« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2017, 06:55:14 PM »
The following ministerial papers were tabled by the Clerk—

Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning (Hon Trad)—
Return to an Order for Production of Document dated 1 March 2017 (Standing Order 27):
Stress Testing—ensuring a robust
Queensland Rail Citytrain Network Timetable

Tabled papers are here > https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/tabled-papers/online-tabled-papers

Not yet available.
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Re: Queensland Rail - Timetable ' Stress Test ' and implications
« Reply #17 on: June 14, 2017, 07:12:08 PM »
Its like they are trying to make everything in the state as bad as possible before they get removed in a whitewash election, so they can then blame the LNP once they leave for how bad everything is.

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Re: Queensland Rail - Timetable ' Stress Test ' and implications
« Reply #18 on: June 14, 2017, 07:23:34 PM »
So do Labor want to actually get re-elected or...

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Re: Queensland Rail - Timetable ' Stress Test ' and implications
« Reply #19 on: June 14, 2017, 07:23:42 PM »
So more cuts in September, more cuts over summer, more cuts over Christmas and also during commonwealth games??

 :yikes:

Extend the contract again??
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Re: Queensland Rail - Timetable ' Stress Test ' and implications
« Reply #20 on: June 14, 2017, 07:42:52 PM »
A while back I suggested that there will probably be service cuts to allow for GC to be ramp up. This was denied by the authorities.  >:D

Going to difficult to encourage punters to use a very much disconnected network!

Cluster -fuk ^ cluster-fuk!
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Re: Queensland Rail - Timetable ' Stress Test ' and implications
« Reply #21 on: June 14, 2017, 08:18:29 PM »
BrizCommuter can write a blog post at the same time as banging his head against a wall...
http://brizcommuter.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/qrs-rail-fail-gets-even-worse.html

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Re: Queensland Rail - Timetable ' Stress Test ' and implications
« Reply #22 on: June 14, 2017, 08:29:47 PM »
Fire the operator please!

DON'T renew the contract!!
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Re: Queensland Rail - Timetable ' Stress Test ' and implications
« Reply #23 on: June 14, 2017, 08:30:33 PM »
BrizCommuter can write a blog post at the same time as banging his head against a wall...
http://brizcommuter.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/qrs-rail-fail-gets-even-worse.html

Who said men couldn't multitask?!

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Re: Queensland Rail - Timetable ' Stress Test ' and implications
« Reply #24 on: June 15, 2017, 02:56:35 AM »
 :-t :fp:

https://twitter.com/Robert_Dow/status/875033390390550532

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https://twitter.com/Robert_Dow/status/875034958825308160

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https://twitter.com/Robert_Dow/status/875035624339677184

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15th June 2017

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http://brizcommuter.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/qrs-rail-fail-gets-even-worse.html

QR's Rail Fail gets even worse


QR Ruins the School Winter Holidays

After the dreadfully inadequate Summer School Holiday Timetable, and appalling hourly Easter Timetables, surely commuters would be expecting some improvements to Rail Fail by now? Sadly, SE Queensland rail operator Queensland Rail (QR) has sunk even further into the black hole of customer service, by plans to run hourly train services on Sunday 26th June, 2nd July, and 9th July during the Winter School Holidays. Sunshine Coast Line commuters will only see trains running every 2 hours. Only the Airport Line will still run the usual 30 minute service. Just to annoy passengers further, QR have bizarrely decided to run train times at a different time to the normal clock face times, which will frustrate passengers with even longer waits and missed bus/train connections. Did QR and TransLink not learn from the Easter Rail Fail?

This horrendous service reduction will take QR back to era of diesel hauled services in the late 70s, early 80s. Quite clearly, QR continue to have disregard for those who actually need to use public transport, including:

    Hospital and Emergency Service workers.
    Hospitality and Restaurant workers.
    Retail workers.
    People wanting to go shopping (or other amenities) in and around Brisbane CBD.
    Families wanting to get to/from various timed events in and around Brisbane.
    People wanting to travel to/from the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
    Anyone else trying to avoid holiday road congestion.

At the time of announcing the last minute changes, TransLink have failed to publish any .pdf timetables, and the usual half-arsed communications from QR will be expected. The ongoing rail fail makes Brisbane appear to be a laughing stock of the western world, yet again having the worse urban rail frequent in Australia and New Zealand over these weekends.

The Winter School Holiday #RailFail begs the following questions:

    With the Commonwealth Games only 10 months away - how bad are the train service cut backs going to be on lines other than the Gold Coast Line?
    Will there be more timetable cut backs in 2017 and 2018?
    Is the "invisible" Citytrain Response Unit actually doing anything?
    Do QR and the Palaszczuk government realise the reputational damage this is causing Brisbane and SE Queensland?
    Do QR and the Palaszczuk government realise the Cross Rail Rail could be axed by the LNP if they get back in power due to voters fed up with Rail Fail?

TransLink's information:
https://translink.com.au/service-updates/132261

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« Reply #25 on: June 15, 2017, 03:20:22 AM »
Group  :frs: :frs: :frs: :frs: :frs: :frs: :frs: :frs: :frs: :frs: :frs:
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« Reply #26 on: June 15, 2017, 03:25:16 AM »
BrizCommuter can write a blog post at the same time as banging his head against a wall...
http://brizcommuter.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/qrs-rail-fail-gets-even-worse.html

^ see above.

Excellent post.  Thank you.  I am appalled at the incompetence of TransLink and Queensland Rail sadly. 

I think this is their political death knell now. We will survive, they certainly will not!

The State Government is intransigent and careless about the impacts on commuters. 

There will be a big price to pay for this in the end I have no doubt.

Meanwhile .. for you Queensland Rail and TransLink.  Join in!!   :P :bna: :bna:



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Re: Queensland Rail - Timetable ' Stress Test ' and implications
« Reply #27 on: June 15, 2017, 04:01:00 AM »
LNP Statement

http://www.betterqueensland.org.au/stress-testing-exposes-labors-commuter-con

Stress testing exposes Labor’s commuter con

The Palaszczuk Government’s heavily reduced rail timetable has been exposed after Jackie Trad was shamed into releasing Queensland Rail’s stress test report, showing problems continue under Labor. 

LNP Shadow Transport Minister Andrew Powell said Labor’s rail fail has continued for nine months, and Queenslanders continue to suffer because of a do-nothing government who refuse to fix the problem.

“On the back of a budget where Labor has conned Queensland, Jackie Trad now has to answer to this damming report which shows the Palaszczuk Government will continue to its hoax on Queensland commuters,” MrPowell said.

“This simply means more cuts, more delays and more cancellations for Queenslanders.

“Not only is there not enough drivers, but this do-nothing Labor government is yet to finalise the transport plan for the historic 2018 Commonwealth Games, less than twelve months out from the event.

“Labor has already overseen a cut of 1,800 services a month following their timetabling debacle, and now there are warnings schedule problems may continue well into 2018.”

Mr Powell said the stress testing report shows the only plan Labor has for Queensland’s transport is to “proactively implement short-term timetable changes,” which means cuts to services, rather than find a workable solution.

“Only a do-nothing Labor government could accept a shifting of existing services over working to deliver a long-term solution which restore services to the levels which the LNP left for Queenslanders,” he said.

“Jackie Trad also needs to rule out making more services express as “efficiency improvements”, because this simply means trains skipping stations and leaving commuters behind.

“With less than a month’s notice, we will also see cuts to the timetable on Sundays, and during the June/July school holidays.

“Jackie Trad seems to want to do anything but actually fix Labor’s Rail Fail.”
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« Reply #28 on: June 15, 2017, 04:04:36 AM »
https://twitter.com/Robert_Dow/status/875050193409892352

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« Reply #29 on: June 15, 2017, 04:34:11 AM »
I wonder what the Citytrain Response Unit has to say about this?  Silence since March.  :fp:

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Re: Queensland Rail - Timetable ' Stress Test ' and implications
« Reply #30 on: June 15, 2017, 05:25:11 AM »
I wonder what the Citytrain Response Unit has to say about this?  Silence since March.  :fp:

Superficial fluff!  The Government, the Queensland Rail Board, the Queensland Rail ELT needs an external bureaucratic QANGO (at more expense) to monitor the performance of the before mentioned ? ?

SACK THE LOT!!
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« Reply #31 on: June 15, 2017, 06:41:52 AM »
The following ministerial papers were tabled by the Clerk—

Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning (Hon Trad)—
Return to an Order for Production of Document dated 1 March 2017 (Standing Order 27):
Stress Testing—ensuring a robust
Queensland Rail Citytrain Network Timetable

Tabled papers are here > https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/tabled-papers/online-tabled-papers

Not yet available.

Now available!

> http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/tableOffice/TabledPapers/2017/5517T964.pdf
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« Reply #32 on: June 15, 2017, 06:49:05 AM »
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« Reply #33 on: June 15, 2017, 06:56:43 AM »
I consider myself fortunate to be #FleeQLD on the 24th June.  One day prior to Sunday the 25th. 

I am fleeing to the land of 10 min off peak service in Melbourne town, will feel sorry for you SEQ ... NOT!

If a farm animal has a terminal condition, sometimes it is just best to take it down the back paddock and put it to sleep, permanently.

The time might not be that far away to do much the same for this shambolic rail operator ...

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« Reply #34 on: June 15, 2017, 06:58:11 AM »
Sorry to be a heretic here, but Queensland Rail needs its exclusive monopoly taken away.

The stress test results are necessary but unwelcome, news.

I get that QR cannot avoid causing pain to passengers and that QR can only change when the pain hits.

It was either going to be Sundays, or potentially peak hours being hit/cut. Sundays are the least worst option.

It also makes sense financially ($) labour on Sunday costs quite a lot.

None of this explains why the clock face was abandoned, of course.

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I consider myself fortunate to be #FleeQLD on the 24th June.  One day prior to Sunday the 25th. 

I am fleeing to the land of 10 min off peak service in Melbourne town, will feel sorry for you SEQ ... NOT!

If a farm animal has a terminal condition, sometimes it is just best to take it down the back paddock and put it to sleep, permanently.

The time might not be that far away to do much the same for this shambolic rail operator ...

Maybe you should say hello to the train and tram operators in Melbourne. Could tell them about the latest "business opportunity" in Queensland.    ;D

If Queensland Rail is dissolved, I would suggest keeping the QR name and colours.

People need money spent on train services, not rebranding. This is what Keolis did when they took over Yarra Trams - kept the name.
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« Reply #35 on: June 15, 2017, 07:06:02 AM »
I have consistently stated that we do understand the need for the service reductions, although not happy of course.

But to compound the pain by moving from clock face is just absolutely unacceptable.  As STB showed with his analysis of the Easter time table shambles the stated reasons for it were bullsh%t.

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I have consistently stated that we do understand the need for the service reductions, although not happy of course.

But to compound the pain by moving from clock face is just absolutely unacceptable.  As STB showed with his analysis of the Easter time table shambles the stated reasons for it were bullsh%t.

They have lost me I am afraid ...

I am confident (to steal lines from Jackie Trad) that the trains will be fixed up... eventually.

Maybe 2019 or 2020 it will be back to how it was in 2016. And a whole heap of money will be required too for all the ongoing staff.

(at ~ 100K / person, it's not cheap). New peak services and possibly off-peak service improvements unlikely as NGR held up and staff need to

operate the current timetable, let alone new service.


I think in the meantime it is important to get the bus network fixed up - that is something that can be fixed up faster than the train network

and a good alternative for people who have a choice between (unreliable) train and BCC bus.
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« Reply #37 on: June 15, 2017, 07:21:37 AM »
I am not overly concerned with inner Brisbane as there are plenty of buses generally and even with the service reductions train overlaps for reasonable frequency.  I get very annoyed as you go out futher on the network where the reduced non-standard time frequency causes huge issues with the low frequency buses and connections as they are.  It is an insult to the battlers and just demonstrates the abject failure that Queensland Rail and TransLink really are these days sadly.

Sunshine Coast 2 hour service frequency.  A ' mechanical issue ' will see that go to 4 hours, quicker than I can say Queensland Fail!

Rail fail has been very poorly managed. The LNP will franchise QR, nothing surer, and they have every reason to I guess.

PT has been put back a decade at least in SEQ. 

BrizCommuter is correct when he comments that Cross River Rail will probably go down with rail fail.

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It's not all bad news - Cross River Rail is in the bag. I guess Red Team are getting desperate with all the bad #RailFail news.
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« Reply #39 on: June 15, 2017, 07:28:46 AM »

It's not all bad news - Cross River Rail is in the bag. I guess Red Team are getting desperate with all the bad #RailFail news.

Not in the bag.  They have to get re-elected.  Not real confident about that.  Trad et al just do not grasp the angst and despair out there in punter land ..
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