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THE State Government has announced southeast Queensland’s train timetables will soon return to normal following the unveiling of a new training program.
A $3.8 million train simulator has been brought in by Queensland Rail to improve driver training and free up staff.
Transport Minister Jackie Trad said more trainees than ever were progressing through driver schools.
“What this means is we all are well on our way to fixing the trains program,” she said.
“We know in order to return services back to a full timetable we need more drivers, and that’s what we’re getting on and doing.”
Queensland Rail chief executive Nick Easy said the new simulator would replace the current 17-year-old one, which could not replicate QR’s new fleet of trains.
“This improves on our training capability, improves on the technology the organisation has, and is all about investing in our capability and our ability to train drivers into supply so we can move towards restoring our train services,” he said.
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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