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Long haul train and coach services within Queensland will be temporarily reduced as part of wider efforts to contain COVID-19.
Rail services on the Spirit of the Outback (Brisbane to Longreach), Westlander (Brisbane to Charleville) and Inlander (Townsville to Mount Isa) services will be suspended from March 30.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said rural and regional communities would continue to have access to transport for essential travel under the changes.
"Right now, people should not be travelling on coaches or trains across Queensland unless they have an essential reason to, like getting to work or to a medical appointment," Mr Bailey said.
"People will still have access to long distance passenger services for essential reasons on all key corridors, but the frequency of those services will be reduced, and we'll manage passenger numbers on board to separate passengers from each other."
XPT trains between Sydney and Brisbane operated by NSW Trains are terminating in Casino and will not enter Queensland.
North Coast Line (Brisbane to Cairns) passenger rail services will be reduced by about 50 per cent.
The Savannahlander, Gulflander and Kuranda Scenic Railway services will also be suspended.
This article first appeared on www.northweststar.com.au
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