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More train paths will be opened up for Gold Coast commuters following an agreement between Queensland and New South Wales governments to change the timetable of the interstate passenger train.
QLD Transport & Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the changes for the Sydney-to-Brisbane XPT services meant less congestion on the line used for Gold Coast services.
“The interstate service currently requires two paths on the Gold Coast line between Roma Street & Salisbury – departing Roma Street at 6.30am & a second path at 7.30am during summer," Mr Emerson said.
“As a result of negotiations betwn the Queensland & NSW Governments, QR, NSW TrainLink & ARTC, we will see the gradual removal of the XPT service from the morning peak period, allowing additional capacity for Queensland Rail to provide additional Gold Coast capacity.
“More than 9,000 passengers a day catch trains on the Gold Coast & Beenleigh lines in the morning peak and many have to stand long distances.
“A number of local Members have already raised the issue of overcrowding with me & this will allow us to get on & deal with the situation in the coming months.”
From October 21 NSW TrainLink XPT Services will be completely removed from Brisbane's morning peak times, now arriving at Roma Street Station at 3:53am (currently 6:30am) & departing at 4:55am (currently 7:30am).
The XPT service currently averages about 170 passengers a trip. Additional customer service arrangements will be put in place to meet the earlier arrival times.
Shifting the XPT arrival & departure to an earlier path is an initiative of the Brisbane Inner Rail Solution which was developed to address imminent inner-Brisbane capacity constraints on the rail network.
[ENDS] 17 September 2013
Media Contact: Stephanie Shield 0418 186 625
This article first appeared on statements.qld.gov.au
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