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    Minister for Training and Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Santo Santoro


    Minister for Training and Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Santo Santoro

    Wednesday, January 21, 1998


    Electric rail services for passengers between Doomben, Eagle Junction and the City will recommence on Tuesday 27 January, Member for Clayfield Santo Santoro said today.

    Recommencement of the service will coincide with the start of the new school year, giving parents the chance to pre-purchase discount tickets for school travel.

    "The reintroduction of the passenger rail service represents the fulfilment of an election promise made prior to the 1995 State election," said Mr Santoro.

    "It also represents reintroduction of a service which is favoured by the majority of affected Clayfield constituents including those who live close to the line."

    Mr Santoro said the electric trains will provide residents of the Eagle Junction -Doomben corridor with much faster travel compared to the current connecting bus service to Eagle Junction station and Doomben.

    "Trains will travel between Doomben and Central in 18 minutes compared to around 30 minutes by bus and train," he said.

    Reintroduction of the rail service will add the stations of Doomben, Ascot, Hendra and Clayfield to the Brisbane Citytrain network. "The service is direct and there is no interchange at Eagle Junction," said Mr Santoro.

    "In addition, the rail-bus will continue to run in both directions between Pinkenba, Doomben and Eagle Junction to cover any gaps in the rail service."

    On Mondays to Fridays, bus services from Eagle Junction or Doomben to Pinkenba will increase from 11 to 16 and services from Pinkenba will increase from seven to 15 throughout the day. Pinkenba services on Saturdays and Sundays remain the same.

    "These arrangements clearly are favoured by the great majority of residents at Pinkenba and Myrtletown," said Mr Santoro.

    Transport Minister Vaughan Johnson said he is confident the modern airconditioned trains will be well-received by commuters, students and shoppers.

    "Leisure travellers also will be well catered for with a direct service to South Bank at off-peak times," said Mr Johnson.

    Mr Johnson emphasised that reintroduction of the Doomben service honours a Coalition commitment made before the 1995 State election.

    Adult fares between Doomben and the City will be $1.70 and $2.40 off-peak return. Weekly tickets will cost $13.60.

    Queensland Rail offers specially discounted travel to and from school in the form of term, semester and yearly pre-purchased tickets.

    "Parents will be able to make maximum use of these discounts due to the timely reintroduction of the service," said Mr Santoro. Inquiries should be made to telephone 3235 2810 during business hours.

    "Since the pre-Christmas decision to reopen the passenger service, I have worked with local residents, Queensland Rail and Queensland Transport to address concerns relating to the upkeep of the railway stations, noise and the original timetable," said Mr Santoro.

    "As a result of these efforts, an additional service has been included in the timetable departing from Doomben at 8.08am. It will fill the gap between the 7.34am service and the 8.39am service. This service will be diesel-hauled until extra electric units become available.

    "This extra service will be of great value to CBD workers and the corresponding outbound service will greatly benefit local school students."

    The new service and timetable will be extensively advertised. There will be 15 trains weekdays in each direction and four in each direction on Saturdays, including services to the races at Eagle Farm and Doomben.

    The railway stations at Clayfield, Hendra and Ascot will be regularly maintained and work currently is being undertaken to ensure they are in good condition. Work includes repainting and repair of vandalised sections of the stations, said Mr Santoro.

    "Plantings and other minor beautification will help to restore much of the former aesthetic appeal of the stations," said Mr Santoro.

    The issue of railway noise will be closely monitored and noise measurements are being taken both prior to and after reintroduction of the service, said Mr Santoro.

    "I will continue to work with local residents to address any concerns which they may have in relation to noise which emanates from the rail service within my electorate," he said.

    Mr Santoro said he was grateful for the efforts of the Brisbane City Council, particularly in helping to address local traffic concerns.

    "Local residents have worked most constructively with me and the Council in order to come up with sensible solutions to traffic concerns," he said.

    Electric trains ceased in the Doomben corridor in September 1993. The only electric services to operate on the line since are special race trains on major race days.

    Further information on the new electric train services may be obtained by telephoning Trans Info on 13 1230.