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QUEENSLAND Rail’s decision to add an extra 32 weekly services at peak times is very welcome news for Shorncliffe resident Sharon Westwood, who petitioned for the return of one of those services.
Ms Westwood started a campaign about a year ago calling for the return of the 7.39am train from Shorncliffe to Central Station.
It had been a regular weekday service but was changed to only run on Fridays when the Redcliffe Peninsula line opened in October 2016.
Sharon Westwood collected more than 1000 signatures on a petition calling for the return of the 7.39am train from Shorncliffe to the city.This week Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey announced the 7.39am Shorncliffe service (among others) would return, running Monday to Friday from May 13.
Ms Westwood said she was very happy with the decision.
“Removing the 7.39am service reduced the number of services on the Shorncliffe line to three between the peak times of 7am and 8am, in comparison to the Redcliffe line of six services for the same time period,” she said.
“There is a 30-minute wait between peak services in the morning which is a terrible public transport service for an Australian capital city.
“The removal of the 7.39am train increased the number of passengers on the trains on either side, particularly the 7.24am train, causing a risk to public safety. It was a real crush on the trains.
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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