FRUSTRATED: Sunshine Coast commuters Kieron Wallace and Jeff Addison, pictured in 2015, are among those frustrated at the state of current rail services.
FRUSTRATED: Sunshine Coast commuters Kieron Wallace and Jeff Addison, pictured in 2015, are among those frustrated at the state of current rail services. John McCutcheon

30 train services a day halted by driver shortage

UPDATE: EXTRA customer service staff have been put on by Queensland Rail following Friday's driver shortage that saw more than 100 Citytrain services cancelled.

A shortage of drivers following the opening of the Moreton Bay Rail Link saw services across south-east Queensland slashed on Friday.

There will be 30 train services cancelled each day under an interim timetable as Queensland Rail attempts to fix a crisis caused by not having enough drivers.

It comes after more than 100 services were cancelled on Friday due to a lack of available drivers following the opening of the Redcliffe Peninsula Line.

An interim timetable is being prepared and will take effect on Tuesday.

Queensland Rail held an urgent board meeting to try and address the problem and released a statement later on Sunday.

Queensland Rail is expecting "minimal alterations", if any, to the network on Monday.

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Queensland Rail CEO Helen Gluer said the new timetable would look to avoid peak period disruptions.

"The focus under this plan is to protect the peak periods and ensure that we continue to deliver a high level of service frequency and capacity morning and afternoons.

"The interim timetable will deliver certainty for our customers and restore trust in our service."

Ms Gluer said they were "pulling out all the stops" but said customers should be prepared to face a couple of weeks with changes to services as the transition to the new timetable was carried out.

"Our roster covers 928 traincrew and over the past fortnight, we've had drivers and guards come back from leave and take on extra shifts to try and get us through, but bringing shifts forward means we hit crunch point last Friday," she said.

"We now need to ensure fatigue and safety breaks for crews and transition across to new rostering and timetable arrangements, as we work to get ourselves back on track.

"We will be working hard to manage our resources and minimise the impact in peak times, as well as making sure we give as much advance notice as possible. We ask that our customers to continue to check the TransLink website to plan their journey.

"In addition to providing advanced notice through the TransLink website, we will increase the number of customer service staff across the network to support customers with any changes."

Recruitment of a further 100 drivers and 100 guards to ease resourcing pressures approved by the State Government in November last year started in December 2015.

From Tuesday to Thursday please see the new interim timetable below:

Service alterations:

The 4.14am Bowen Hills to Northgate train is cancelled. The next train will depart Bowen Hills at 4.39am.

The 4.42am Park Road to Ferny Grove train is been cancelled. The next train will depart Park Road at 5.07am.

The 4.52am Roma Street to Northgate train will now start at Park Road station at 4.42am.

The 4.57am Northgate to Cleveland train is cancelled. The next train will depart Northgate at 5.12am.

The 5.47am Ferny Grove to Coopers Plains train is cancelled. The next train will depart Ferny Grove at 6.02am.

The 5.54am Cleveland to Central train is cancelled. The next train will depart Cleveland at 6.09am.

The 6.07am Shorncliffe to Central train is cancelled. The next train will depart Shorncliffe at 6.24am.

The 6.19am Northgate to Park Road train is cancelled from Northgate to Bowen Hills. The next train will depart Northgate at 6.24am.

The 6.39am Cleveland to Bowen Hills train is cancelled. The next train will depart Cleveland at 6.54am.

The 6.47am Central to Cleveland train is cancelled. The next train will depart Central at 7.02am.

The 6.49am Northgate to Roma Street train is cancelled. The next train will depart Northgate at 6.57am.

The 6.51am Springfield Central to Bowen Hills train is cancelled. The next train will depart Springfield Central at 7.03am.

The 6.58am Central to Shorncliffe train is cancelled. The next train will depart Central at 7.13am.

The 6.59am Beenleigh to Central train will run express from Kuraby to Salisbury station.

The 7.10am Kippa-Ring to Roma Street train is cancelled. The next train will depart Kippa-Ring at 7.16am.

The 7.19am Northgate to Roma Street train is cancelled. The next train will depart Northgate at 7.26am.

The 7.23am Caboolture to Central train will stop all stations from Caboolture to Petrie then run express from Petrie to Bowen Hills.

The 7.29am Caboolture to Roma Street train is cancelled. The next train will depart Roma Street at 7.35am.

The 7.39am Shorncliffe to Bowen Hills train train is cancelled. The next train will depart Shorncliffe at 7.54am.

The 7.49am Northgate to Roma Street train is cancelled. The next train will depart Northgate at 7.57am.

The 8.09am Cleveland to Central train is cancelled. The next train will depart Cleveland at 8.24am.

The 8.10am Ferny Grove to Park Road train is cancelled. The next train will depart Ferny Grove at 8.17am.

The 8.19am Northgate to Roma Street train is cancelled. The next train will depart Northgate at 8.27am.

The 9.13am Central to Shorncliffe train is cancelled. The next train will depart Central at 9.43am.

The 10.37am Ipswich to Central train is cancelled from Ipswich to Redbank. The next train will depart Ipswich at 11.07am.

The 12.07pm Roma Street to Coopers Plains train is cancelled. The next train will depart Roma Street at 12.22pm.

The 1.10pm Coopers Plains to Ferny Grove train is cancelled. The next train will depart Coopers Plains at 1.25pm.

The 2.32pm Ferny Grove to Bowen Hills train is cancelled. The next train will depart Ferny Grove at 2.47pm.

The 2.46pm Bowen Hills to Springfield Central train is cancelled. The next train will depart Bowen Hills at 3.04pm.

The 3.08pm Ipswich to Roma Street train is cancelled. The next train will depart Ipswich at 3.26pm.

The 3.26pm Ipswich train will run express from Darra to Milton stopping only at Indooroopilly.

The 3.30pm Roma Street to Springfield Central train is cancelled. The next train will depart Roma Street at 3.48pm.

The 3.49pm Park Road to Ferny Grove train is cancelled. The next train will depart Park Road at 3.57pm.

The 4.47pm Roma Street to Northgate train is cancelled. The next train will depart Northgate at 4.54pm.

The 5.03pm Bowen Hills to Cleveland train is cancelled. The next train will depart Bowen Hills at 5.11pm.

The 5.34pm Bowen Hills to Ipswich train is cancelled. The next train will depart Bowen Hills at 5.46pm.

The 6.24pm Cleveland to Northgate train is cancelled. The next train will depart Cleveland at 6.39pm.

The 7.57pm Northgate to Roma Street train is cancelled. The next train will depart Northgate at 8.12pm.

The 8.37pm Ipswich to Roma Street train is cancelled. The next train will depart Ipswich at 9.07pm.

The 9.54pm Roma Street to Northgate train is cancelled. The next train will depart Roma Street at 10.09pm.

The 10.42pm Northgate to Roma Street train is cancelled. The next train will depart Northgate at 10.57pm.

The 11.24pm Roma Street to Northgate train is cancelled. The next train will depart Roma Street at 11.39pm.

The 12.12am Northgate to Roma Street train is cancelled. The next train will depart Northgate at 12.27am.

 

For Friday please see the new interim timetable below:

Service alterations:

The 4.14am Bowen Hills to Northgate train is cancelled. The next train will depart Bowen Hills at 4.39am.

The 4.42am Park Road to Ferny Grove train is been cancelled. The next train will depart Park Road at 5.07am.

The 4.57am Northgate to Cleveland train is cancelled. The next train will depart Northgate at 5.12am.

The 5.18am Beenleigh to Roma Street train is cancelled. The next train will depart Beenleigh at 5.33am.

The 5.47am Ferny Grove to Coopers Plains train is cancelled. The next train will depart Ferny Grove at 6.02am.

The 7.10am Ferny Grove to Park Road train is cancelled. The next train will depart Ferny Grove at 7.17am.

The 7.19am Northgate to Roma Street train is cancelled. The next train will depart Northgate at 7.27am.

The 7.25am Ferny Grove to Park Road train is cancelled. The next train will depart Ferny Grove at 7.32am.

The 7.29am Caboolture to Roma Street train is cancelled. The next train will depart Roma Street at 7.35am.

The 8.19am Northgate to Roma Street train is cancelled. The next train will depart Northgate at 8.27am.

The 9.01am Bowen Hills to Ferny Grove train is cancelled. The next train will depart Bowen Hills at 9.16am.

The 9.05am Roma Street to Cannon Hill train is cancelled. The next train will depart Roma Street at 9.20am.

The 9.22am Roma Street to Coopers Plains train is cancelled. The next train will depart Roma Street at 9.37am.

The 9.39am Park Road to Doomben train is cancelled. The next train will depart Park Road at 10.39am.

The 9.47am Ferny Grove to Coopers Plains train is cancelled. The next train will depart Ferny Grove at 10.02am.

The 10.03am Bowen Hills to Northgate train is cancelled. The next train will depart Bowen Hills at 10.18am.

The 10.10am Coopers Plains to Roma Street train is cancelled. The next train will depart Coopers Plains at 10.25am.

The 10.28am Doomben to Roma Street train is cancelled. The next train will depart Doomben at 10.58am.

The 10.31am Cannon Hill to Roma Street train is cancelled from Cannon Hill to Park Road. The next train will depart Cannon Hill at 10.46am.

The 10.42am Northgate to Cannon Hill train is cancelled. The next train will depart Northgate at 10.57am.

The 10.49am Coopers Plain to Roma Street train is cancelled. The next train will depart Coopers Plains at 10.55am.

The 11.31am Cannon Hill to Northgate train is cancelled. The next train will depart Cannon Hill at 11.46am.

The 12.22pm Roma Street to Coopers Plains train is cancelled. The next train will depart Roma Street at 12.37pm.

The 12.31pm Bowen Hills to Ferny Grove train is cancelled. The next train will depart Bowen Hills at 12.46pm.

The 12.42pm Northgate to Cannon Hill train is cancelled. The next train will depart Northgate at 12.57pm.

The 12.45pm Roma Street to Springfield Central train is cancelled. The next train will depart Roma Street at 1.15pm.

The 1.10pm Coopers Plains to Ferny Grove train is cancelled. The next train will depart Coopers Plains at 1.25pm.

The 1.17pm Ferny Grove to Coopers Plains train is cancelled. The next train will depart Ferny Grove at 1.32pm.

The 1.31pm Cannon Hill to Northgate train is cancelled. The next train will depart Cannon Hill at 1.46pm.

The 1.39pm Springfield Central to Roma Street train is cancelled.The next train will depart Springfield Central at 1.09pm.

The 2.01pm Cannon Hill to Northgate train is cancelled. The next train will depart Cannon Hill at 2.16pm

The 2.18pm Roma Street to Kippa-Ring train is cancelled. The next train will depart Roma Street at 2.39pm.

The 2.40pm Coopers Plains to Roma Street train is cancelled. The next train will depart Coopers Plains at 2.55pm.

The 2.42pm Northgate to Bowen Hills train is cancelled. The next train will depart Northgate at 2.57pm.

The 3.12pm Northgate to Cleveland train is cancelled. The next train will depart Northgate at 3.27pm.

The 3.32pm Roma Street to Northgate train is cancelled. The next train will depart Roma Street at 3.37pm.

The 4.19pm Bowen Hills to Springfield Central train is cancelled. The next train will depart Bowen Hills at 4.22pm.

The 4.32pm Northgate to Roma Street train is cancelled. The next train will depart Roma Street at 4.37pm.

The 4.40pm Bowen Hills to Roma Street train is cancelled. The next train will depart Roma Street at 4.43pm.

The 4.52pm Park Road to Northgate train is cancelled. The next train will depart Park Road at 4.57pm.

The 4.54pm Roma Street to Shorncliffe train is cancelled. The next train will depart Roma Street at 5.09pm.

The 4.54pm Cleveland to Roma Street train is cancelled. The next train will depart Cleveland at 5.09pm.

The 5.05pm Roma Street to Manly train is cancelled. The next train will depart Roma Street at 5.20pm.

The 5.17pm Roma Street to Northgate train is cancelled. The next train will depart Roma Street at 5.19pm.

The 5.19pm Bowen Hills to Springfield Central train is cancelled. The next train will depart Bowen Hills at 5.22pm.

The 5.39pm Shorncliffe to Roma Street train is cancelled from Shorncliffe to Northgate. The next train will depart Shorncliffe at 5.54pm.

The 5.54pm Roma Street to Shorncliffe train is cancelled. The next train will depart Roma Street at 6.09pm.

The 7.22pm Roma Street to Park Road train is cancelled. The next train will depart Roma Street at 7.37pm.

The 7.52pm Roma Street to Park Road train is cancelled. The next train will depart Roma Street at 8.07pm.

The 9.24pm Roma Street to Northgate train is cancelled. The next train will depart Roma Street at 9.39pm.

The 10.12pm Northgate to Roma Street train is cancelled. The next train will depart Northgate at 10.27pm.

The 12.12am Northgate to Roma Street train is cancelled. The next train will depart Northgate at 12.27am.

The 12.54am Roma Street to Northgate train is cancelled. This is the last service for the evening.

Source: Translink website

 

 

EARLIER:

QUEENSLAND Rail is currently holding an urgent board meeting in a bid to avoid a repeat of Friday's service crisis that saw more than 100 Citytrain services cancelled due to a shortage of drivers.

A Queensland Rail spokeswoman said the meeting was ongoing this afternoon to try and find the fix with a statement set to be made at 2pm.

The driver shortage was reported to have come as a result of the opening of the new Moreton Bay Rail Link, which led to a shortage of qualified drivers for other services.

An interim timetable is being constructed as we speak, the Queensland Rail spokeswoman said that was expected to be finalised by tomorrow and would come into effect on Tuesday.

Queensland Rail has said trains will run as usual tomorrow, although it was unclear whether all usual services would remain unaffected.

The spokeswoman said the interim timetable would not affect one specific area and would try to avoid affecting peak-period services.

RAIL Back on Track spokesman Robert Dow slammed the interim timetable and the expected "weeks of potential disruptions" before the system was back to full capacity.

"The public has lost confidence in the public transport network," Mr Dow wrote in an email to the Daily this morning.

"It is not only rail but bus is poorly performing as well. Cancelled services, no shows and chronic late services means missed connections, hours added to journey times.

"It has got to the point where it is near impossible to rely on public transport in SEQ for critical time appointments. There are no compensation mechanisms."

Mr Dow said the service disruptions would place unnecessary pressure on many tertiary students heading into exam periods.

"Good luck SEQ. You are going to need it from here. A failed state," his email finished.

The Daily will update with the Queensland Rail statement this afternoon and has sought information from Queensland Rail on the effect the interim timetable will have on Sunshine Coast services.



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