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    Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Public Transport Delivers for South East Queensland's NYE

    Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Sunday, January 01, 2017

    Public Transport Delivers for South East Queensland's NYE

    Translink has successfully delivered hundreds of extra public transport services across south east Queensland for New Year’s Eve across all rail, bus, ferry and tram operations.  

    Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games Stirling Hinchliffe today thanked TransLink and rail operator, Queensland Rail, for their commitment to getting the job done.

    “TransLink staff, bus, ferry and tram providers have all done an exceptional job in coordinating successful New Year’s Eve services for passengers across the entire network," Minister Hinchliffe said.

     "For Queensland Rail - from traincrew and station staff to the network controllers in the Rail Management Centre, I want to thank all for their efforts in delivering a seamless special event service to many thousands of passengers on New Year's Eve.  

    “It is a credit to the many months of planning and commitment that has gone into delivering reliable, convenient and free, demand-focused public transport on New Year’s Eve.”  

    Queensland Rail provided 910 services for New Year’s Eve including an additional 60 additional demand-focused services for special events including the fireworks displays at South Bank.  

    Minister Hinchliffe said 259 train drivers and an equivalent number of guards were rostered on the CityTrain network to provide special New Year’s Eve services.

    “I can confirm there were no cancellations or service alterations as a result of Queensland Rail’s current shortage of traincrew,” Mr Hinchliffe said. 

    “Like thousands of families I travelled to and from Sandgate to the South Bank precinct by train, experiencing the same reliable rail service firsthand with our customers. 

    “I received regular event briefings throughout New Year’s Eve from Queensland Rail, Police, Translink, and just as importantly the passengers on-board the CityTrain network.

    “The feedback from passengers was overwhelmingly positive.”

     Mr Hinchliffe said his focus remained on delivering the Palaszczuk Government’s five point plan for restoring reliable services and passenger confidence in Queensland Rail.

     “The seamless and coordinated delivery of additional New Year’s Eve services on the TransLink network demonstrates the commitment to reliability and is an important step in restoring passenger confidence,” Minister Hinchliffe said.

     “With the Palaszczuk Government’s Fairer Fares initiative, the recruitment and training of more Queensland Rail traincrew, the rollout of NGR trains, and the pending Commission of Inquiry, 2017 is shaping up a critical and positive year for public transport in South East Queensland.

    "I will be working to deliver for all public transport users in 2017," Minister Hinchliffe said. 

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