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    Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Queensland Rail reaffirms commitment to five-point rail plan for travelling public

    Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Friday, October 28, 2016

    Queensland Rail reaffirms commitment to five-point rail plan for travelling public

    Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe and Acting Chief Executive Officer Neil Scales have reaffirmed Queensland Rail’s commitment to deliver a five-point plan to restore services and maintain safety for the travelling public.

    Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe met with Mr Scales to discuss the priority for the implementation of the plan, announced on Monday, to restore services and co-operation with the independent investigation into QR Train Crewing Practices.

    “I want to thank the hard working staff of Queensland Rail for the implementation of the interim timetable and working toward the restoration of services for the travelling public,” the Minister said.

    “As the Minister, I am fully determined to work with Queensland Rail’s staff to ensure the best possible rail passenger services.”

     

    Interim timetable

    The interim timetable, introduced on Tuesday, was developed by QR and has sought to minimise disruption.

    To date, on-time AM peak delivery has been 98.6% on Tuesday, 91.7% on Wednesday, 98.6% on Thursday and 96.7% this morning.

    Under the interim timetable for Monday to Thursday, there will be the cancellation of 30 services and the alteration or partial cancellation of 11 other services. The number of train services are reduced from 1306 per day to 1276 per day (or 2.3%) under the interim timetable for Monday to Thursday.

    Twenty-five of the cancelled services will have a wait of less than 15 minutes to the next service. The other five cancelled services will have a wait of less than 30 minutes for the next service.

    For Fridays, 32 services will be cancelled and 21 will be altered or partially cancelled, reducing the number of train services from 1342 to 1310 a day (or 2.4%).

    The total number of services under the interim timetable remains higher than before the Redcliffe Peninsula line became operational on October 4 when there were a total number of 1218 services on Monday to Thursday and 1244 on Friday.

     

    Five-point plan

    The five-point plan to be implemented by Queensland Rail is:

    1. Initiate the recruitment of an additional 100 drivers from 24 October 2016.

    2. Complete the recruitment and training of 100 additional drivers and 100 additional guards approved by the Government in November 2015.

    3. Deliver the interim timetable to minimise the disruption to the travelling public.

    4. Maintain the supply of train drivers by ensuring guards are stationed and trained on the New Generation Rollingstock – providing a pipeline of future drivers with route knowledge.

    5. Work with its employees to develop more flexible working arrangements, including part-time arrangements – boosting the longevity of the existing workforce and creating driver roster flexibility.

     

    Independent investigation into Queensland Rail Train Crewing Practices

    Mr Hinchliffe said Mr Scales has assured him of QR’s full co-operation with the investigation into QR Train Crewing Practices to be conducted by former Rio Tinto executive Phillip Strachan.

    The terms of reference for the investigation were released yesterday.

     

    Interim Chair for Queensland Rail to be appointed

    Chief Executive Officer for government-owned corporation Sunwater Limited Nicole Hollows will be appointed interim Chair of the QR Board, following the resignation of Michael Klug yesterday.

    Ms Hollows is an experienced senior executive, with a career spanning more than 20 years in the resources sector. Prior to joining SunWater, she was Managing Director of global resources firm AMCI Australia and South East Asia. She was Chief Executive Officer of Macarthur Coal Limited from 2007 to 2011.

     

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