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PUBLIC transport advocacy group Rail Back on Track has welcomed news each and every station on the new Moreton Bay Rail Link will have public toilets.
There were concerns stations at Murrumba Downs, Kallangur, Mango Hill East and Rothwell would be without bathrooms.
Quest Newspapers raised the issue with State Transport Minister Jackie Trad who handed it on to Queensland Rail.
“Toilets have been built at all new stations on the Moreton Bay Rail Link,” a Queensland Rail spokeswoman said.
Robert Dow, spokesman for Rail Back on Track, was pleased with the news.
“The community wouldn’t have been too chuffed with the idea that there would be no toilets,” he said.
“Public transport commuters are people and commuters can have disabilities, commuters are the general population and the general population is getting older, commuters are also parents and care givers to babies and young children who have little to no control over their bodily functions.”
But concerns remain as to whether or not the loos will be available 24 hours a day or, only when the stations in question were staffed.
Mr Dow said the toilets must be open whenever the trains are running.
“People need to micturate and defecate believe it or not,” he said.
A Queensland Rail spokeswoman said the State Government was trying to work out how to ensure the facilities would be accessible even when the stations were unstaffed.
“The operating model for when the new line opens next year, including staff arrangements, is yet to be finalised by Queensland Rail in conjunction with TransLink,” the spokeswoman said.
“Queensland Rail is currently undertaking a safety assessment of its operational policy on toilets.”
The Moreton Bay Rail Link is expected to be operational midway through 2016.
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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