Rail Back on Track praises QR but wants more data

Claudia Baxter

COMMUTER advocates have called on the State Government to release all public transport on-time running data after peak train times showed marked improvements in QR's reliability.

Statistics released by Transport Minister Scott Emerson revealed Ipswich commuters have enjoyed more efficient peak train services over the past two years.

More than 97% of the Ipswich and Springfield line morning peak services were on time - an improvement of nearly 10% on the Springfield line.

Rail Back on Track spokesperson Robert Dow said the on-time performance for all services give a better idea of how QR is performing. He said other metropolitan public service providers publish all on-time data.

Since the statistics were released, the Newman government indicated they would consider releasing 24 hour data.

Mr Emerson said over four quarters, on-time running across the QR network has consistently reached more than the 96% mark over the past year.

He said the four quarter average of 96% was a credit to the hard work of the Queensland Rail staff.

"Some lines have seen an increase of almost 20 per cent under this government.

"Not only are we getting the trains to run on-time but they are now more trains running with an additional 1000 weekly services in the past three months," he said.

"We have made changes and have a taskforce dedicated to on-time running - and now we are leading the way in Australia."

Mr Dow said QR should be commended on the improvements.

He said his organisation collates the QR data published each day for the benefit of commuters.

"They have done a good job, we know that because we have the records to prove it," he said.

Publishing all data would allow commuters to see the overall performance of the City Train Network.

Train reliability

  • Ipswich line reliability has improved from 90.75% to 97.93% since 2012.
  • Springfield line reliability has improved from 88.95% to 97.49% since 2012.
  • Off-peak train and bus on-time reliability percentages are not published.

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