Weekend train services are set to resume on the Ipswich-Rosewood line, with the State Government responding to community calls to reinstate them.
Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe said he had listened to feedback raised by the local community and worked to have the weekend trains restored as a priority.
“I’m very pleased to announce that from Saturday 10 December, weekend rail services will return to the Rosewood line,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“The reinstated rail services will provide Rosewood line commuters with access to hourly services in both directions on Saturdays and Sundays.
“The rail replacement buses were implemented earlier in November as a temporary measure to relieve pressure on strained traincrew resources.
“Rosewood residents and the greater Ipswich community made their concerns known and we acted quickly to address these concerns and investigate the viability of returning rail services.
“The Ipswich area is a growing and important region and the State Government is committed to supporting it in every possible way.
“I’d like to thank the community for their patience while we work through this challenging time.”
Mr Hinchliffe said the State Government was making progress on its five point plan to restore services and public confidence in Queensland Rail timetabling.
“The State Government has the highest expectations when it comes to the delivery of frontline services, which is why we doubled Queensland Rail’s recruitment target, announcing an additional 100 drivers and 100 guard positions to ensure we have enough traincrew to deliver the services the travelling public deserves,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“Getting more qualified drivers and guards trained and out on the network is the key to any increase in services and with 231 driver and 227 guard candidates now passed initial psychometric testing, we are on the right track.”