David Gibson is happy about another rail service for Gympie commuters.
David Gibson is happy about another rail service for Gympie commuters. Craig Warhurst

Extra train service for Gympie

CAN you imagine the day when you can jump out of bed catch the morning train to Nambour, see the doctor, visit friends and catch the train back to Gympie and be back in time for lunch?

According to Member for Gympie David Gibson that day is getting closer with a draft TRANSLink 2011 timetable offering another rail service for Gympie.

The extra train would come in to Gympie at 12.39pm Monday to Friday and leave at 1.20pm.

And if the service proved popular there is the chance of more rail services coming to town.

Mr Gibson has been lobbying for improved rail services in the region for years and welcomes the midday service for the last stop on the north coast line – Gympie North Station.

“This is great news. As we can encourage existing commuters to leave their cars behind and use the train,” he said.

“This good news is not just for Gympie residents but will also benefit those along the line at Traveston, Cooran and Pomona.”

A TRANSLink spokesperson said there was a consultation phase for the draft timetable before it would be implemented.

But because of the extensive planning undertaken for the new service there is a good chance it will stay.

“I have been working for years on plans to give my constituents an improved rail service. Now everyone can begin to see how those plans have become a reality and benefit from the new timetable,” Mr Gibson said.

He has been highlighting the need for an additional rail service since being elected in 2006.

“I didn’t hold out any hope for the additional service due to the responses from the Minister being less then optimistic.

“Even my suggestion of a trial service to gauge the interest was ignored and put in the too hard basket.”

Currently the only trains for commuters leaving Gympie, Monday to Friday, are at 6am and the only time you can get back to Gympie via train is at 8pm.

“This proves to be a very tiring and exhausting exercise especially for our senior members of the community.”

A new rail service for Gympie is expected to heavily reduce the waiting times of commuters trying to get home to Gympie.

“So many of my constituents have medical and specialist appointments in Nambour and Brisbane hospitals, so this additional service will mean that someone with a 9am appointment at Nambour Hospital will be back in Gympie by midday instead of after 8pm,” Mr Gibson said.

“This has been the main reason why I have campaigned so heavily for this service. I would like to encourage everyone to use the service if and when it becomes available.

“The more support and demand for it will ensure that the service will continue.”

A public consultation meeting is being held in Nambour at the Community Centre on the corner of Shearer and James Streets on Saturday, December 4, from 10am to midday.

To view a full list of consultation times and the draft timetable visit www.translink.com.au click on travel information and then select Queensland Rail timetable changes.

Call Mr Gibson’s office on 5482 3651 with your ideas on improved train services.

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