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The LNP opposition has slammed Queensland Rail's overtime bill, describing the top driver's $225,000 pay packet as "outrageous".
On Saturday, Brisbane Times revealed the best-paid train driver made $225,894 in 2018-19 after racking up 836 hours of overtime, worth $69,005.
Queensland Rail is spending millions of dollars on train driver overtime every month.
That is the equivalent of an extra 16 hours worked every week of the year.
It comes as Queensland Rail announced the end of "rail fail", adding an extra 430 services and 200,000 seats to the network on Monday.
The new timetable restored the services introduced in October 2016 after the opening of the Redcliffe Peninsula Line, which sparked rolling cancellations and uncovered a shortage of drivers and an unsustainable reliance on overtime.
Queensland Rail had since been running a series of reduced service timetables.
LNP deputy leader Tim Mander said this week's timetable relied on paying "exorbitant amounts of overtime".
"How do you think teachers and nurses feel when they hear that train drivers are earning up to $225,000 a year, guards $185,000 a year? This is simply outrageous," he said.
This article first appeared on www.brisbanetimes.com.au
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