Topics:  ipswich train line, sean choat, transit officers

Blitz on the railway

RAILWAY louts, take note.

A blitz on the train line between Redbank and Rosewood has resulted in more than 150 infringements and warning notices being issued, but also unearthed some surprise results.

Member for Ipswich West Sean Choat said that during the past fortnight transit officers conducted 300 hours of patrols on the Ipswich-Rosewood line and between Ipswich and Redbank, intercepting about 3700 passengers.

"We've got to take back the streets and the railways," Mr Choat said.

"We are sending a message to the crooks, 'Don't bother. We are going to get you'. For everyone else, we are on your side."

Mr Choat said 64 penalty infringement notices were issued and 102 warning notices for fare evasion and offences such as smoking on the railway.

"Mobile dog patrols undertook 200 hours of patrols and security guards speaking with and moving on dozens of people for minor behavioural issues on and around the network. The police railway squad arrested several people for various offences including the arrest of three juveniles relating to a fight on board a train at Redbank," he said.

"But what I find interesting is that the bad activity on our line is significantly less than on some of the other rail corridors. Overall they (the transit officers) said they are quite pleased with the students and youth that they observed.

"They are having a blitz that is continuing through to the end of this month from Redbank through to Rosewood."

Councillor David Pahlke, who met recently with Mr Choat about some of the bad behaviour occurring on trains, said people must be made to be accountable for their actions.

"The nature of where I live is that we have a low tolerance for anti-social behaviour," Cr Pahlke said.

"But I am happy that the state member is responding and is working with me."

Mr Choat said that "David and I are keen to put in place preventative and proactive measures so things don't continue to escalate."

He also praised Queensland Rail for being proactive. "QR people who are part of an education unit go to schools and talk about rail safety and conduct," he said. "They have said that they have had a good response and they have been to all the schools in the Rosewood area."

Mr Choat encouraged people to call 1800333000 to report bad behaviour they saw occurring on trains.



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