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More than 900 bus services will be back on the road in south-east Queensland as patronage numbers are set to recover from the COVID-19 slump next month.
An extra 960 bus services and 105 train services, part of the state’s COVID-19 safe public transport plan, will create an extra 28,875 seats on trains and 28,800 seats on buses every week, starting on August 10.
There will be an extra 11 morning train services and 10 extra afternoon train services around the CBD. (File image)CREDIT:ROBERT SHAKESPEARE
According to Transport Minister Mark Bailey's office, there will be an extra 11 morning train services and 10 extra afternoon train services around the CBD.
Existing 30-minute gaps between trains will be cut to every 15 minutes on the Beenleigh, Caboolture, Cleveland, Ipswich, Redcliffe Peninsula, Shorncliffe and Springfield lines.
There will also be an extra 85 morning buses and 107 extra afternoon services around the CBD.
The extra trains will run on seven of the region's 12 lines, with commuter who use the Airport, Doomben, Ferny Grove, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast lines to miss out.
The additional services will be scheduled just outside peak times in the morning and afternoon, with the hope of spreading out passenger loads and helping commuters maintain social distancing.
Mr Bailey said public transport patronage had halved compared with the same time last year, but was expected to recover as university classes resumed and CBD offices reopened.
"Even with people making changes to their daily commute, we’re still seeing about 330,000 daily passenger trips on the network, as of last week," he said.
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