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    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Extra services for New Year’s Eve revellers

    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Thursday, December 28, 2006

    Extra services for New Year’s Eve revellers

    TransLink will double the number of late night and early morning bus services to help revellers return home following New Year’s Eve celebrations.

    Minister for Transport and Main Roads Paul Lucas said the usual NightLink services would be extended to the early hours of New Year’s Day and bus services doubled to help people get home safely.

    Almost 200,000 revellers have used the NightLink public transport services since they were introduced in December last year.

    “TransLink is working closely with transport operators across the South East to ensure public transport is available where and when needed over the holiday season,” Mr Lucas said.

    “That means doubling the number of services on all NightLink bus routes to provide half-hourly frequency for revellers instead of the normal hourly services.

    “Obviously queues may be longer during the festive season but I encourage people to plan ahead and check out the options available.”

    Extra services between midnight and 6:00am on New Year’s Day would  include:

    • Buses: 428 bus services,
    • Trains: 45 train services,
    • Cabs: Most of Brisbane’s 1800 cabs will be out in force. Special FlatFare cabs will operate from four ranks and 11 secure ranks will also be in operation in the city, Valley and Caxton St.

    Mr Lucas said extra bus and train services would also operate around the 9pm fireworks.

    “I can understand people getting frustrated with longer-than-normal queues during the holidays. But I urge people to be responsible and patient if they’re waiting for a cab.”

    “If you’re willing to share your cab, our FlatFare taxis can get you home for a set fee.

    “We’ve also got eleven secure taxi ranks in the City, Valley and Caxton St, staffed by taxi marshals and security officers, to further protect the safety of early morning taxi patrons.

    “There are just under 1800 taxis operating in Brisbane and this year Queensland Transport granted licences for an extra 45 cabs including 35 high-capacity people-mover cabs.

    “But taxis aren’t the only option for getting home. People at a club or waiting in a taxi rank queue can now get a NightLink timetable sent to their phone by sms (191230) so they can check out the quickest way to get home.

    “Our NightLink bus services let people off anywhere on their route that’s safe to set down, so passengers can be let off closer to home.

    “I’d encourage people to try out the extra bus and train services, or if you’re waiting in a taxi rank consider share-riding.”

    For more information on NightLink bus and train services, visit the TransLink website at www.translink.com.au or call 13 12 30.

    For information about NightLink FlatFare taxi services,
    visit www.translink.qld.gov.au/qt/translin.nsf/index/NL2_flatfare

    Media inquiries: Robert Hoge: 3237 1942