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« on: November 25, 2010, 06:28:56 PM »
From the Bayside Bulletin click here!

Cleveland railway line duplication needed now

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Cleveland railway line duplication needed now
22 Nov, 2010 12:00 AM

NEXT year will mark the 25th anniversary since the Redlands began a transformation in lifestyle and population growth with the rebirth of the rail link to Cleveland.

The new line from Thorneside, to Wellington Point, then Ormiston and on to Cleveland, followed the electrification of rail services to Thorneside in 1983. The line between Lota and Thorneside was restored the previous year, after closing in 1960.

The electrified rail service to Cleveland, completed in 1987, has been arguably the most significant infrastructure project in the Redlands in the past 30 years.

The ability to rebuild the railway was largely due to good planning by the post-1960s Redland Shire Council administration which kept the railway right-of-way land on which the new railway was built.

The intention of rebuilding the railway in the mid-1980s was that the line would be duplicated eventually and consequently, at that time, infrastructure of the line and some bridges were factored into the project.

Because the Cleveland line takes a circuitous route through Manly, Wynnum and Hemmant, travel times have always been long - between 52 minutes on a weekday express, 62 minutes for a non-express weekday trip and 64 minutes on weekends - to Brisbane Central. In fact, the time has actually increased over 23 years, not improved for commuters.

Time has actually caught up with all the good intentions and promises to duplicate line. While the concept is still on the government's agenda, the reality is that with tight finances and the growth patterns to the west of Brisbane, duplication of the Cleveland line is lower on the priority list than ever before.

Consider also that the Eastern Busway may take to 2026 to make it to Capalaba, the demand for rail line duplication may diminish considering the growth areas of the Redlands have moved closer to Capalaba.

As residents of Redlands, we cannot allow this line duplication to disappear off a realistic time frame.

If we are going to realise the full potential of the railway when it was reopened in 1986-87, we need to keep the rail duplication on the infrastructure agenda, and not let its timeline slip even more into the future.

The duplication is needed now to ensure the integrity of the CityTrain network and we must maintain the momentum so that this Cleveland rail project is delivered well below its current 2026 horizon.
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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2010, 07:20:07 PM »
Roughing times on line line can be drastically improved after my experience of 30 min trip from manly to central cut the fat
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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2010, 08:17:25 PM »
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2011, 11:01:55 AM »
The seat of Cleveland is a marginal state electorate.  With an election possibly less than 12 months away, it may be time to step up pressure for greater efficiency and more frequent services on the Cleveland Line.  Clayfield is another marginal electorate -- and the upgrade of the Doomben Line would be a hot election issue there.  While it is held by the LNP, Glass House is another marginal electorate, and Labor may have plans to win it back.  So agitation for a Sunshine Coast Line upgrade would draw attention from the pollies in the lead-up to their judgement day.  Political minds are always sharply focussed in seats where the swing required is 2 percent or less.   :D

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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2011, 04:40:30 AM »
Media release 23 April 2011

SEQ: Call to duplicate Thorneside to Wellington Point railway

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 calls for the duplication of the Thorneside to Wellington Point railway line.

Robert Dow, Spokesman for RAIL Back On Track said:

"Track amplifications on the single service constricting line would transform the reliability of the train services to Cleveland.  No longer would a slightly late train cause the train controllers to choose whether to significantly delay it by missing its crossing point, or pass the baton of delays on to another train.  This is one of the most complained about limitations of our train network, it is disappointing that the Minister for Transport didn't pick up on it in a recent radio interview on 612 ABC Brisbane Radio (1).

"The Salisbury-Kuraby triplication project was done for $256m (2) which allowed an increase in peak frequency from what would otherwise have been achievable, and an increase in peak reliability.  This proposed duplication would allow similar improvements for the Cleveland line for significantly less expense. Local train stabling options need to be further considered as well."

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1. http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2011/03/transport-minister-answers-your-questions.html?site=brisbane&program=612_breakfast

2. http://www.queenslandrail.com.au/NetworkServices/SEQIP/CompletedProjects/Pages/SalisburyKuraby.aspx

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« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2018, 06:45:55 AM »
https://brizcommuter.blogspot.com.au/2018/05/qrs-most-unreliable-service-728am-from.html

BrizCommuter: QR's most unreliable service - 7:28am from Manly?


Inadequate Cleveland Line infrastructure. Source: QR NAG 046.


Queensland Rail (QR), currently the worst rail operator in Oceania, is copping even more flak than usual from long suffering Cleveland Line users. This is due to the 7:28am from Manly to Shorncliffe running late and/or being expressed past stations on what seems like an almost daily basis. The reliability is so bad, that commuters are suggesting that QR should just remove it from the timetable instead of advertising a train that regularly omits stopping at stations. Regular excuses from QR include the rather obscure "congestion on the network".

Unfortunately, the lack of investment in infrastructure from successive governments has left the Cleveland Line with insufficient infrastructure to reliable run a peak train service. Between Manly and Cleveland the line is single track with passing places. This allows for a service in each direction every 15 minutes, but with little operating margin for late running before a delayed service delays services in the opposite direction. To add to the problem, there are only 2 tracks at Manly, where the additional "inner all stations" services start and terminate every 15 minutes. The train blocks a track during the turn-back at Manly, with minimal operating margin to allow for late running. Thus it is very easy for the Cleveland Line service to fall to pieces during the peak period, which can cause subsequent delays on other lines. A 3rd track and platform at Manly by 2012 was recommended in the the Inner City Rail Capacity Study (2008), but was never constructed.

Inadequate Cleveland Line infrastructure. Source: QR NAG 046.

With QR being obsessed by on-time running KPIs, and to avoid the knock on effect of late running services, QR will often run services express past stations that they are scheduled to stop at, much to the annoyance of commuters. It is unknown if there is a particular issue with the provision of the empty service that forms the 7:28am from Manly. QR's ongoing lack of driver #RailFail, lack of trains, and unreliable EMU trains are also not helping matters.

With a projected 10tph am peak service on the Cleveland Line when Cross River Rail opens in the mid-2020s, work needs to start soon to duplicate the single track sections of the Cleveland Line, and provide improved intermediate turn-back facilities for services that are not running all the way to/from Cleveland. More drivers and trains will also be required. The clock is ticking!
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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2018, 01:34:22 PM »
https://twitter.com/Robert_Dow/status/998313431378771973

Managed to get in comments re the third platform at Manly and the need to duplicate the single line sooner than later certainly before 2024 too as well as a short discussion on why trains are altered to skip stations.  :-t

Here is the interview with Craig Zonca, Rebecca Levingston ABC Radio Brisbane 21st May 2018

> here! MP3 9.2 MB

https://twitter.com/Robert_Dow/status/998405123331080192
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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2018, 01:54:50 PM »
Great interview!

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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2018, 02:50:14 PM »
Great interview!

Thanks.  Hope something starts to happen.  Been a while now ...   :ttp:
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« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2018, 03:28:13 PM »
I understand the Manly-Cleveland duplication is quite a large/expensive project with quite a few bridges etc along the way:

Ernest St, Manly (road over rail)
Hindes St, Lota (rail over road)
Lota Creek (rail over creek)
Tingalpa Creek (rail over creek)
Thorneside Rd, Thorneside (rail over road)
Charles St, Birkdale (rail over road)
Birkdale Rd, Birkdale (rail over road) - this is a pretty big one
Tarradarrapin Creek, Birkdale (rail over creek)
Bagden Rd, Birkdale (rail over road)
Main Rd, Weillington Point (road over rail)
Station St, Wellington Point (road over rail), but this appears to be already duplicated.
Sturgeon St, Ormiston (rail over road)
Wellington St, Ormiston (road over rail)
Gordon St, Ormiston (road over rail)

Apologies if this isn't 100% accurate, I just went off what I could see on satellite view on Google Maps.

So that's a total of 13 crossings (14 if you count Station St, Wellington Point, but it doesn't look like it needs it). I'm wondering how many of the road-over-rail crossing already have a facility for a second track beneath them. What I'm wondering is, would there be any benefit to a staged implementation, e.g. Wellington Point to Cleveland, which *looks* like there's room under the bridges for another track, and only has one rail over road bridge. Along with the Manly 3rd platform, would this offer any reliability improvements at all? And maybe Manly to Lota as well, as that doesn't involve any creek crossings and all the cost & complexity that comes with that.

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« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2018, 06:03:57 PM »
Passing places at all stations and a 3rd track at Manly would increase frequency, but would still be unreliable. Anything other than dual tracks throughout and a conveniently located turn back track to short turn some services would be half-baked.

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« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2018, 06:17:18 PM »
This duplication further strengthens the justification of Queensland Rail having full control of all its infrastructure and a return to a Queensland Rail civil engineering department to carry out infrastructure works such as the Cleveland line duplication and the Beerburum to Nambour realignment and duplication.
The minister should by now be well aware that TMR involvement with anything related to Queensland Rail is a disaster.

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« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2018, 07:08:10 PM »
This duplication further strengthens the justification of Queensland Rail having full control of all its infrastructure and a return to a Queensland Rail civil engineering department to carry out infrastructure works such as the Cleveland line duplication and the Beerburum to Nambour realignment and duplication.
The minister should by now be well aware that TMR involvement with anything related to Queensland Rail is a disaster.

I'd like to see the Trackstar Alliance reunited. They did an excellent job on Corinda to Darra, Richlands to Springfield and Robina to Varsity Lakes.

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« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2018, 11:14:12 AM »
Is duplication all the way to Cleveland really a high priority? Wouldn't it be possible to run a 15 minute all day service as far as Manly or Lota right now? I would think it would be a long time before a 15 minute all day service would go all the way to Cleveland.

Surely there are more important priorities, such as (off the top of my head):

* Cross River Rail (obviously)
* Duplication to Landsborough/Nambour
* Extension of the Springfield line
* New Port of Brisbane <-> Acacia Ridge freight line enabling three passenger-dedicated tracks into Park Road/CRR
* Trouts Road Line
* Flagstone Line
* Passenger services to Toowoomba
* CAMCOS line
* Second platform at Shorncliffe, enabling reliable 15 minute services all day

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« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2018, 11:45:49 AM »
Is duplication all the way to Cleveland really a high priority? Wouldn't it be possible to run a 15 minute all day service as far as Manly or Lota right now? I would think it would be a long time before a 15 minute all day service would go all the way to Cleveland.

Surely there are more important priorities, such as (off the top of my head):

* Cross River Rail (obviously)
* Duplication to Landsborough/Nambour
* Extension of the Springfield line
* New Port of Brisbane <-> Acacia Ridge freight line enabling three passenger-dedicated tracks into Park Road/CRR
* Trouts Road Line
* Flagstone Line
* Passenger services to Toowoomba
* CAMCOS line
* Second platform at Shorncliffe, enabling reliable 15 minute services all day

Really we need all of those and the Cleveland line duplication yesterday. We have fallen so far behind in the infrastructure stakes that only a massive amount of investment in multiple projects will get the rail network into an acceptable state.

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« Reply #15 on: May 22, 2018, 12:29:50 PM »
Is duplication all the way to Cleveland really a high priority? Wouldn't it be possible to run a 15 minute all day service as far as Manly or Lota right now? I would think it would be a long time before a 15 minute all day service would go all the way to Cleveland.

I'd think to have a reliable 15-minute service to Manly, you'd need more rolling stock, more train crew and probably a third platform at Manly for terminating trains.

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« Reply #16 on: May 22, 2018, 03:38:37 PM »
Is duplication all the way to Cleveland really a high priority? Wouldn't it be possible to run a 15 minute all day service as far as Manly or Lota right now? I would think it would be a long time before a 15 minute all day service would go all the way to Cleveland.

I'd think to have a reliable 15-minute service to Manly, you'd need more rolling stock, more train crew and probably a third platform at Manly for terminating trains.

Sure - so maybe those should be the priority. I would think duplication all the way to Cleveland would be a hugely expensive thing that should be lower down the list. A third terminating platform at Manly wouldn't be that expensive really. It could actually be the current northbound platform with a new platform where the stabling is now for through services towards the city.

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« Reply #17 on: May 22, 2018, 05:09:16 PM »
The reason that the current 15-minute service to Cannon Hill doesn't extend further is because freight movements need to use both the dual gauge and up suburban tracks. The current 15 minute peak Cleveland line frequency shows that it is possible, just unreliable and limited to the peaks.

Both a third platform at Manly and two tracks to Cleveland need to be done, but there should also be an investigation into whether the capacity is available on the inner section (Buranda to Hemmant) and whether passing loops are required along the DG to allow trains to pass and remain clear of the Cleveland line to allow for passenger operations.

(All of this ignores any rollingstock & driver constraints.)
Is it really that hard to run frequent, reliable public transport?

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« Reply #18 on: May 23, 2018, 02:05:03 AM »
It should be relatively easy to build an 1800m freight passing loop somewhere east of Murrarie and to just disconnect the freight tracks from the Cleveland line altogether.  The question is where and who pays for it.
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« Reply #19 on: June 12, 2018, 02:23:32 AM »
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Good Morning,

Last evening two successive inbound trains on the Cleveland line were altered to run express viz.  the 5.09pm Cleveland to Central ( https://railbotforum.org/mbs/index.php?topic=1862.msg209868#msg209868 )  and the 5.24pm Cleveland to Central ( https://railbotforum.org/mbs/index.php?topic=1862.msg209869#msg209869 ), both to run express (skip stations) from Morningside to Park Road.

We have calculated that passengers on the stations skipped would have to wait up 44 minutes for a train ( https://railbotforum.org/mbs/index.php?topic=1862.msg209873#msg209873 ).  Hardly satisfactory is it, particularly as in late peak.  We call on Queensland Rail to exercise some better judgment when it comes to altering services and have better regard for the impact on passengers.

The Cleveland line suffers from prolonged infrastructure neglect.  A constrained station turnback point at Manly was recommended to have a third platform by 2012.  The single line section from Manly to Cleveland is an anachronism and contributes significantly to the disproportionate number of altered services on this line, continuing to frustrate passengers and turn them away from public transport. The timetable for the Cleveland line is unreliable with these constraints and needs urgent improvement.

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« Reply #20 on: August 06, 2018, 08:44:04 PM »
BrizCommuter: Cleveland Line - Brisbane's Misery Line
https://brizcommuter.blogspot.com/2018/08/cleveland-line-brisbanes-misery-line.html

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« Reply #21 on: August 07, 2018, 01:54:02 AM »
BrizCommuter: Cleveland Line - Brisbane's Misery Line
https://brizcommuter.blogspot.com/2018/08/cleveland-line-brisbanes-misery-line.html

 :-c :-t welcome back!  Thanks, the Cleveland line is really a mess !!

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« Reply #22 on: August 07, 2018, 05:03:26 AM »
Hey Briz, you Ok if I put this blog up on our Facebook page?  I think it will go right off!  Be referenced back to your blog ..
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« Reply #23 on: August 07, 2018, 06:41:06 AM »
Will be chatting on ABC Radio Brisbane Breakfast about some of the Cleveland line issues, ~ 7.20am this morning ..  :-c
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« Reply #24 on: August 07, 2018, 06:54:24 AM »
Hey Briz, you Ok if I put this blog up on our Facebook page?  I think it will go right off!  Be referenced back to your blog ..
No problems. Just a sporadic post, still in semi-hibernation whilst working on other projects.

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« Reply #25 on: August 07, 2018, 06:56:04 AM »
Hey Briz, you Ok if I put this blog up on our Facebook page?  I think it will go right off!  Be referenced back to your blog ..
No problems. Just a sporadic post, still in semi-hibernation whilst working on other projects.

 Thanks !  :-t  :-c

>> https://www.facebook.com/RAILBackOnTrack/posts/2174506589230183
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« Reply #26 on: August 07, 2018, 09:07:09 AM »
Will be chatting on ABC Radio Brisbane Breakfast about some of the Cleveland line issues, ~ 7.20am this morning ..  :-c

Nice interview Bob, really liked it! You have to think someone of political influence is listening. Surely? Somebody?.... Anybody?..........

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« Reply #27 on: August 07, 2018, 09:11:50 AM »
Will be chatting on ABC Radio Brisbane Breakfast about some of the Cleveland line issues, ~ 7.20am this morning ..  :-c

Nice interview Bob, really liked it! You have to think someone of political influence is listening. Surely? Somebody?.... Anybody?..........

Thanks!  I should be able to extract it later today!   :-t
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« Reply #28 on: August 07, 2018, 09:14:15 AM »
Hey Briz, you Ok if I put this blog up on our Facebook page?  I think it will go right off!  Be referenced back to your blog ..
No problems. Just a sporadic post, still in semi-hibernation whilst working on other projects.

 Thanks !  :-t  :-c

>> https://www.facebook.com/RAILBackOnTrack/posts/2174506589230183

Strongest fastest response ever on our Facebook page Briz!  Talking up the Cleveland Line issues on the wireless this morning has helped a bit, but it shows the pent up frustration with the Cleveland issues and #railfail generally. Day 677 today ...  :fp:

You have to come out of ' retirement ' more often!   :P
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« Reply #29 on: August 07, 2018, 09:40:58 AM »
https://twitter.com/Robert_Dow/status/1026614002795696128
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« Reply #30 on: August 07, 2018, 11:10:45 AM »
Will be chatting on ABC Radio Brisbane Breakfast about some of the Cleveland line issues, ~ 7.20am this morning ..  :-c

Here is the interview.

ABC Radio Brisbane Breakfast 7th August 2018 with Craig Zonca and Rebecca Levingston

> https://backontrack.org/docs/abcbris/abcbrisbane_7aug18.mp3 11MB
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« Reply #31 on: August 07, 2018, 11:18:18 AM »
https://twitter.com/Robert_Dow/status/1026638074149711875
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« Reply #32 on: August 08, 2018, 02:28:01 AM »
https://twitter.com/Robert_Dow/status/1026867345187205120
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« Reply #33 on: August 08, 2018, 04:15:47 PM »
https://twitter.com/Robert_Dow/status/1027075605374746624

https://twitter.com/Robert_Dow/status/1027099319860527104
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« Reply #34 on: August 08, 2018, 05:14:32 PM »
Hot topic!   8)



Near 2000 over 2000 over 3600  over 4000 over 5000 people reached! 

>> https://www.facebook.com/RAILBackOnTrack/posts/2174506589230183
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« Reply #36 on: August 09, 2018, 02:15:23 AM »
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9th August 2018

Cleveland Line - Brisbane's Misery Line

Good Morning,

There has been a very strong response to our Facebook post on the Cleveland line ( https://www.facebook.com/RAILBackOnTrack/posts/2174506589230183 ).  Something needs to be done now.  Suggest some extra PM services for a start. Punters have had enough on day 679 of railfail. Next step consistent Monday <> Friday rail service timetable.



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« Reply #37 on: August 10, 2018, 06:11:17 PM »
https://twitter.com/redlandbulletin/status/1027825727574605824

Redland City Bulletin -->Commuters dub train service to Cleveland as the Misery Line

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THE train service to Cleveland has been dubbed the Misery Line by commuters so frustrated that they are resorting to buses and cars.

Lobby group Rail Back on Track's Robert Dow said services to Cleveland were not frequent enough and unreliable.

“There is a lot of frustration,” Mr Dow said.

“People are giving up. They may use buses or are going back to cars which is just adding to congestion.”

A commuter said on a Rail Back on Track social media post there were also bad connections with Redland Bay buses at Cleveland.

“… You usually have two minutes to get from the station to the bus stop which means you are hoping for a late bus. The big hold-up is at Wellington Point where the train to Cleveland has to wait for the city service,” the commuter said.

Mr Dow said congested trains sometimes skipped stations, meaning that people had to wait longer.

He said changing the timetable could give a better outcome and giving an extra peak afternoon service would boost commuter confidence.

Mr Dow said the single line between Manly and Cleveland, with the lack of a third platform at Manly, contributed to failures.

“The Inner City Rail Capacity Study in 2008 said that a third platform would be needed at Manly by 2012,” he said.

Mr Dow also called for a consistent timetable on weekdays, saying there were fewer services on Friday.

“It’s been like this since January 2017.”

Oodgeroo MP Mark Robinson said Labor’s Rail Fail had hit the Cleveland line harder than the rest.

“Local Labor MPs Kim Richards, Mick de Brenni, and Don Brown must start to support our community and demand their Transport Minister Mark Bailey do something about it,” Mr Robinson said.

“This is their responsibility as elected members.”

Queensland Rail chief executive Nick Easy said controllers ran trains express through stations to minimise or prevent delays to other services.

“These decisions are about achieving the best possible outcome for our customers and the network by ensuring the effects of disruptions are minimised,” Mr Easy said.

“Queensland Rail is aware of the impact express running can have on Cleveland line customers and is actively seeking to minimise the need to take this action.”

Mr Easy said Queensland Rail usually ran a train express if the next service was less than five minutes away.

“In most cases, changes to stopping patterns only affect one to three stops, mostly commonly stops closer to the city like Norman Park and Coorparoo.

“We are continuing to listen and monitor customer feedback regarding our timetable and will be working to implement additional services once we are in a position to sustainably do so.”

“Timetable planning is complex and is not just dependent on train crew numbers.

“In addition to crewing requirements, timetabling involves a number of factors including rollingstock availability, stabling capacity and management, and network capacity.”
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Couriermail Quest --> Fed-up commuters christen our rail link the ‘misery line’

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RAIL services on the Cleveland line through Manly have become so unreliable, long-suffering commuters have christened it the “misery line”.

Many have reportedly abandoned rail services, opting for buses or private cars to travel to the city for work while others are looking at quitting their jobs in the CBD so they no longer have to travel on the line.

The internet has been running hot with criticisms of the line since online blogger Brizcommuter claimed the Cleveland line was the worst in the city.

Poor infrastructure, including single track sections between Manly and Cleveland and lack of a third platform at Manly were causing havoc with on-time running and track capacity, according to the blog.

As well, train services were often “expressed” past stations, with Queensland Rail claiming “congestion on the network” and “heavy passenger loading”.

“In other words, ‘we are bypassing stations so that the train can get to the terminus on-time and meet our KPIs’,” Brizcommuter suggested.

Other problems included overcrowded three-car trains, gaps between services during busy periods and the “notoriously” early finish of the afternoon peak express service at 4.54pm from Central, before most people finished work.

“The Cleveland Line is so bad, that commuters has dubbed it Brisbane’s “Misery Line”,” Brizcommuter said.

“The train service is so infrequent and unreliable, that many of my work colleagues who use the line have taken to using buses, or even driving instead.

“Some are even looking at leaving their jobs in Brisbane’s CBD as they can’t handle the terrible commute.”

The claims drew strong support when shared on facebook by rail lobby group Rail Back On Track.

“Very frustrating lack of information when tracks are closed. I’m tired of walking to the station to catch a non-existent train then walking back home to drive to the city,” Shirley Mahon wrote.

Amy Lawson listed inconsistent timetable, tiny carparks in disrepair, unattended stations and bathrooms locked during peak times as her main gripes.

“The 4.24pm Central to Cleveland is only three cars - a sardine can by South Brisbane,” Diana Sendt added. “Oh yeah, the 4.24 is cancelled every Friday.”

Nattie Gee pointed to the lack of a third platform at Manly while Rod McShane described trains running late at least three times a week as “atrocious”.
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