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The bins are finally coming back to Brisbane's train stations after a lengthy hiatus.
Bins were removed from inner-city train stations between Toowong, South Brisbane and Bowen Hills before the G20 in 2014 and were not returned.
The old metal bins were bolted shut in September 2014, with a sign saying "for safety reasons this bin is no longer available", before being removed.
At the time, Premier Campbell Newman told Queenslanders to be "alert, but not anxious" and warned of increased security measures.
"We want people to be vigilant, we want people to be conscious of this threat level, but they should continue to do what they normally do," Mr Newman said.
In late September, see-through rubbish bins were installed at Caboolture train station, with one commuter posting on Facebook that they "look like sippy cups with condoms".
And finally, on Thursday night, six clear plastic bins - with an inner, removable plastic bag - were installed on the concourse at Central station.
A spokeswoman for Queensland Rail said the return of the bins - with rubbish and recycling options - honoured a commitment made by Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe to do so before the end of 2016.
"Bins will continue to be rolled out to other inner-city stations," she said.
"We are confident that these new bins will enhance convenience for our customers and staff."
Mr Hinchliffe said the return of bins to the concourse at Central station was a "victory for common sense".
"It's something that has been raised with me by commuters on numerous occasions since becoming Transport Minister," he said.
"I have listened to their feedback."
Mr Hinchliffe said the need to remain vigilant was still present, but the six clear bins at Central, combined with CCTV coverage, struck a sensible balance.
Bins will also be installed at other inner-city train stations.
Mr Hinchliffe and Queensland Rail have been under intense pressure in recent months, following numerous cancellations including 235 on Christmas Day, amid a driver shortage made evident after the opening of the Redcliffe Peninsula Line.
There are questions over the reliability of services on New Year's Eve, although Mr Hinchliffe assured commuters he was confident the planning had been done to make the night run smoothly.
This article first appeared on www.brisbanetimes.com.au
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